that's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Spanked on the Global Stage." it went up sunday and so did Kat's excellent "Kat's Korner: The Real and The Synthetic."
now my women's wear daily is late (in the mail) so i was at the website today and found an article by john koblin about bill keller. keller will leave the sunday magazine (of the new york times) where he was writing a front of the mag column and move over to the op-ed pages. it's being seen as a demotion. the article also notes:
There was one other issue with his column: Of the 12 Keller wrote, five had corrections (including one column that had two).
Times senior editor of corrections Greg Brock told WWD that the Times doesn’t have a hard and fast correction limit for writers. But The Washington Post reported in its coverage of the Jayson Blair scandal that “Blair’s annual correction rate ranged from 5 to 6.3 percent — high enough to bring explicit warnings that he had to improve.”
Keller’s correction rate on the column works out to 41.6 percent.
i could do a cheap laugh at bill keller's expense (i don't care for him) but i'll note i would much rather have a high rate of correction than have an outlet which refused to correct.
and the new york times is the worst about corrections. it may have gotten better. they were the worst about correcting entertainment stories. i remember when i was in l.a. and representing actors, i had 1 hit the roof over a story in the paper. i called and nicely tried to get a correction. (and the information was false. i was told, 'yes, we know that now but didn't when we wrote it.' so will you issue a correction? 'no.')
i was at some big dinner party at c.i.'s that night and happened to mention it in passing to a film director friend of c.i.'s and he said for me to go tell c.i. 'she can get the retraction.' i hadn't even thought of that. but i did and sure enough she made 1 call and got a correction.
in the last 10 years, she also got a writer barred from the paper. the writer was attacking a friend of her's in print. c.i. said, 'put aside the possible racism involved' (the friend being attacked was a black woman), 'the facts refute everything written.' and she went over those errors at great length. bill keller's record on his columns thus far was nothing compared to that woman's on just 1 article. there was a correction and the writer no longer works anywhere. the writer was freelance for the times and they barred the writer, then c.i. got on the phone to jann wenner to make sure that rolling stone didn't run the women's work and she just went down the list. if you attack 1 of her friends, c.i. will be out for blood. she is extremely loyal.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'