Not only did he allegedly embezzle funds, the reason the funds came in in the first place was because of an allegedly false story he penned about orphaned refugees on the streets of Turkey. People emailed him after reading his (allegedly false) account and the reporter helped make sure funds offered (solicited?) found their way to the “children.”
Note he did this while furthering the pro-Syrian immigrant narrative favored by the establishment press.
It is worth making the point that some people take issue with our political disposition at TheSorrentino.com, which is entirely reasonable. But there are some who would like to discount us as a source, even though we source EVERY SINGLE STORY WE DO. Some just don’t wan’t to believe what we report or discuss. They are sure that there is some motive other than the truth behind our efforts. Though we have a pro-liberty bias, as we make plain from the outset, we seek to provide high quality valuable information every time we post. Our belief is the time of our readers is valuable. This belief is a core part of our work and as such we try to give our readers good solid nuggets of analysis and news that are worthy of the time it takes to read the story or watch the video, always.
The old media however often take their readers for granted, and they are too easily given legitimacy in the eyes of much of the public merely because they spout an official line or forward the approved political narrative. There have been a number of stories of late where reporters “went rogue” at large and prominent publications, misleading millions of people. So when The Washington Post or The New York Times (Der Spiegel is certainly on par with these publications) insist that they are fountains of truth, remember that “fake news” often comes from the official old media mouthpieces. This reporter was CNN’s “reporter of the year” in 2014.
Readers should be critical of all the news they read. Never assume that just because it comes from an old media source with the official stamp of the right politicians that it’s totally truthful. Google, The Post, The Times, do not determine what is true. In fact, if anything these outlets should be watched more critically as they are more powerful than many of the new faces on the media scene.
(From Channel News Asia)
Spiegel said it now had information that Relotius allegedly launched a campaign for readers to give money to help subjects of an article he wrote but that the bank details he gave directed the funds to his own account.
Spiegel said concerned readers had in recent days reported Relotius’s call for donations purportedly for orphaned Syrian children living on the streets of Turkey.