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When Journalists Attack … Other Journalists


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Remember Alive? The book/early–Ethan Hawke movie where the plane crashes and everyone’s starving so they become cannibals? Okay, whatever we are old. The point is, we’re kind of reminded of that whenever a journalist covers another journalist’s missteps in that over-the-top holier-than-thou tone. Times are tough, and so they’re eating their own in order to save themselves. We thought about this last week when Katie Couric clamped down on Dan Rather’s “sloppy reporting” with her little white teeth, and today, the smell of media blood is in the air again. Over at the New York Press, Matt Elzweig feasted on the flesh of the Times Magazine’s Deborah Solomon in a deeply self-serious “examination of the questionable ethical choices one very prominent reporter made on behalf of the nation’s top newspaper” blah blah blah blah Jayson Blair blah blah.

Basically, Elzweig found two people, Ira Glass and Ask Amy — journalists! Sort of! — that said that Solomon massages her questions in the mag’s Q&A column. Shock, horror, outrage. Even Romenesko, for whom the story was undoubtedly written, seems unmoved by this allegation. Moving on! On Portfolio’s Website, Jeff Bercovici is really sorry, because she’s his friend and all, but it’s like his duty to reveal the name of the Glamour editor Gawker and Jezebel called racist a few months ago after she told a group of lawyers that Afro hairdos are a bad look in the office. Oh, and the fact that she was basically fired. Sorry, Ashley, but I have to eat your legs for dinner tonight! I know you’d want me to since you can’t use them! Xoxo! Jeff

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When Journalists Attack … Other Journalists