An interesting tidbit appears in this weekend's New York Times Magazine profile of Marty Peretz, the tempestuous nominal editor-in-chief and owner of the New Republic. Turns out that when Stephen Glass, the TNR reporter who humiliated the magazine when he was caught inventing at least two dozen articles out of whole cloth, went on to try to become a lawyer, Peretz actually helped him out:
Glass eventually went to law school. Later, he moved to Los Angeles, and applied to the California bar, but his application was denied because of his previous ethical lapses. He requested an appeal hearing. Charles Lane, The New Republic’s editor during part of Glass’s tenure, was subpoenaed and asked to offer testimony. In April, he made the trip to Los Angeles for the hearing and ran into a familiar face. Lane did a double take.
“Marty, what are you doing here?”
“I’m testifying for Steve.”
Peretz testified that Glass’s accusers were hypocrites and that he would rehire the fabulist if given the chance. (The results of the hearing are sealed, but Glass’s name does not appear on California’s list of licensed lawyers.) I asked Peretz why he chose to speak on behalf of Glass. “It was the right thing to do,” he said. “Who are they to sit in judgment?”
Well, presumably, they were lawyers and judges. Right?