A recent mention of Rigoberta Menchu, I was going to point out that I had brought up the “fake but accurate” concept a couple of years ago. However, while searching for that I found a write up on the subject that’s better than I could do, which highlights a number of other similarities between the Menchu incident and CBS News’ memo problems.
One thing that I wanted to bring up but is covered in the comments there is that “fake but accurate” can be a term of approval, if one is talking about fiction (think “Red Badge of Courage”). Perhaps it’s the case that too many journalists have learned in journalism school that they are “telling stories” rather than reporting facts. Plausible, given how little exposure to facts many of these journalists seem to have.