'Glee! Live!' Concert Review Costs Chicago Critic Her Job
Paige Wiser is dismissed from the Chicago Sun-Times after admitting she did not watch complete show performance.
Chicago Sun-Times TV critic Paige Wiser has lost her job after admitting that she fabricated parts of her write-up on a "Glee! Live!" concert on June 3.
Wiser's review, published June 5 in the paper, mentioned a song that was never performed and described another number she did not personally see, according to the Chicago Tribune. Wiser said, "I'm at fault. I do understand what a big deal this was. I am ashamed, and it's just a matter of making bad decisions when you're exhausted."
Wiser reportedly left the Allstate Arena show because her son had fallen off a chair and her daughter had thrown up, and she based her erroneous information on previous Glee Live! set lists. Wiser said, "I'd like to think it wouldn't have been part of my thought process if it hadn't been 1 a.m. and I was just trying to get the story done."
The Sun-Times was tipped off to the inconsistencies by a reader. Editor in Chief Don Hayer announced Wiser's dismissal in a note posted online on June 9. He wrote, "Accuracy and honesty in reporting are essential parts of the promise we make to our readers. We regret the incident and apologize."
Wiser had been with the paper for 17 years. She said, "Of course I was in the wrong. I made a horrible decision at 1am when I was tired, but I know it was not worth throwing away a career. But I have no excuse. I know the rules.”
Wiser also says she fabricated the review, in part, to make up for difficulties on an assignment last month on Oprah Winfrey's farewell show.