Pulitzer-winning reporter Chuck Phillips, you might recall, left the Los Angeles Times on a buyout in 2008 a few months after the paper fully retracted on the front page his story about an attack on Tupac Shakur that "launched a hip-hop war." Key FBI documents cited in the story were proven to be fakes, and Philips apologized. Now Philips tells the LA Weekly that those documents only supported what key sources were telling him — and that one of those sources has now come forward to publicly admit the truth of what Philips reported. Philips, who has been unable to get journalism work since then, hopes for vindication from the Times. "I want them to run a front-page retraction,” he tells the Weekly. “Same size, same place.” No response yet from the Times.
Photo of Philips: LA Weekly