Entertainm​ent Reporter Hired Back After Editor Confirms Sheen Quotes Weren’t Fabricated


Can the Sheen disaster be contained?

Cleveland, OH—The senior entertainment reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer was quickly reinstated Thursday after being wrongly fired Wednesday following allegations he was making up stories. But when his bosses investigated the quotes he attributed to Charlie Sheen in his articles, Jeff Sanders was vindicated.

“I told them from the very first moment that I wasn’t making the quotes up,” Sanders said. “I’ve worked here for 13 years, and it did hurt when they accused me, but Mike (Grimes, Lifestyle Editor for the Dealer) called me personally and apologized several times asking me to come back. I’ve moved past it.”

Sanders had written four stories about the trouble Charlie Sheen has gone through recently. The first one ran with no fuss, but the last three were not run, and in fact, were moved up the editorial chain when Grimes thought for sure they were made up by Sanders.

“The quotes he had in the stories, I just couldn’t fathom they came from any sane person’s mouth,” Grimes said. “’I closed my eyes and made it so with the power of my mind?’ ‘I won best picture at 20. I wasn’t even trying?’ I’m sick of pretending I’m not special?’ ‘Adonis DNA?’ ‘Tiger blood?’ Would you believe those quotes?”

But Grimes said that after he fired Sanders and made him leave the paper immediately, he happened to catch a television commercial promo of Sheen appearing on “The Today Show.” He then made a few calls and read an article from the NY Times about Sheen’s appearance on Piers Morgan.

“I’d been busy planning my wife’s 50th birthday party,” Grimes said. “I haven’t been watching TV much, and what I had been watching was just catching up on ‘The Wire’ on my DVR. We never even ran the stories he filed. We were so certain they were bogus, we just tossed them after we fired him.”

Grimes said as soon as he was able to verify the stories, he called the restaurant to confirm his reservation for 48 Saturday night for his wife, then immediately called Sanders.

“I told him I’d made a huge mistake and felt terrible about it,” Grimes said. “I told him we were wrong to doubt him and we’d make it up to him. Then I invited him to my wife’s party. I think that sealed the deal in him coming back.”

5 thoughts on “Entertainm​ent Reporter Hired Back After Editor Confirms Sheen Quotes Weren’t Fabricated

  1. That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard and makes the Plain Dealer look like some local-yokul paper. Talk about not fact-checking…what ELSE isn’t being checked?

    • It is certainly a shame when these sort of things happen at what used to be a top-notch, respectable and professional news organization. To make matters worse, with the recent spate of newspaper closings, we fear we will be seeing more and more of these types of issues. We promise we will not waver in our commitment to excellence and show you and all our readers the flaws in news organizations today, until they return to their previous place as reliable, trustworthy sources.
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  2. Charlie Sheen is a absolute hero. Even though I really don’t understand his new lifestyle, however it seems to be working for him. The man is clearly going down the wrong path for the future with his addictions. His new shows are absolutely hilarious.He’ll always be a winner in my heart!

    • Thank you for your response. We certainly are in no position to judge Mr. Sheen, we just hate to see an innocent entertainment reporter caught in the crossfire of Mr. Sheen’s actions. We’ve not yet had the pleasure of seeing his traveling road show, but we understand he is “WINNING” over audiences with every performance. We’re certain he is not yet done making headlines, we just hope the Cleveland Plain Dealer allows its entertainment staff to continue to cover those headlines.
      You are now informed. Go and do likewise.

  3. Pingback: Winning! Turns Out Ashton Kutcher Is Merely The Victim Of The Most Elaborate “Punk’d” Prank Ever | The Daily Quarterly

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