Utah Reporters Fired Over Elizabeth Smart Coverage

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Two Salt Lake Tribune reporters who sold information to the National Enquirer on the Elizabeth Smart case were fired yesterday after the tabloid demanded a retraction of statements in a Tribune editor’s column about the controversy, the Deseret News in Salt Lake City reports.

Tribune editor James “Jay” Shelledy had turned down resignation officers from Michael Vigh and Kevin Cantera, the paper’s lead reporters on the Smart case. Things changed after the Deseret News reported that the National Enquirer had a tape of conversations between Cantera, Vigh and National Enquirer reporter Alan Butterfield that conflicted with what they apparently originally told Shelledy. The controversy involves false reports that Smart’s father and uncles are involved in homosexual activities.

Link: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,485033716,00.html?

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