January 11th, 2008

i am not a stuffed tiger.

recommended : "reckless falshoods"

As we march along toward ye olde election and reflect on the "botched universal health care debacle of the '90s", might I recommend Ezra Klein's 2004 article, "Reckless Falsehoods"which compares the reporting at the time to that of the later reporting scandals of Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair (remember them?):
our lingering fascination with fabricators’ troubled personae has prevented us from devoting an equal amount of attention to cases of journalistic mendacity where the psychological drama was less gripping, but the consequences were infinitely worse. [thebeliever]

Oh, look. Someone saved me the trouble of scanning the rest of the article. [pdf]