The New York Sentinel is a newspaper in circulation in New York City. Its primary competitor is the New York Ledger. It was regarded in the city as a newspaper of high standards, ethically and journalistically.
The Sentinel had a policy of expanding diversity in its newsroom by hiring minorities, such as Carl Hines and Brian Kellog. In the latter case, this policy backfired when Kellog was found to have not only fabricated stories, but also killed a bounty hunter named Robert "Bobcat" Rafelle, who had threatened to expose him. As if the arrests and the revelations that Kellog had fabricated stories weren't enough of a black eye, Kellog's lawyer, Randy Dworkin, argued that he had been driven to make up stories and commit murder because the paper's affirmative action policy, which was well-known throughout the office, made him feel like he had to get better scoops than all of his white peers. Much to the relief of the paper, Kellog was convinced by then-EADA Jack McCoy to take a plea before Dworkin was able to dig up any other cases of affirmative-action-related mishaps. ("Bounty")