The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Monday, January 03, 2005

Mickey Kaus provides evidence that the New York Times is America's most important newspaper because of the vast resources it brings to bear when covering news:

Move over, Greg Packer? It was a big week for "Amanda Tree, a Brooklyn actress and singer-songwriter" who was quoted as a woman-on-the-street twice in two days by the New York Times--first in a story on bystanders watching red-tailed hawks Lola and Pale Male return to their old nesting place on Fifth Avenue, the second in a story about how nobody stayed around in New York City over the holiday. ... Both stories featured the byline of Jennifer 8 Lee. ... Guess there really was nobody around!

I don't know what's weirder:

  1. That a reporter at a major newspaper would use a single person on the street as a one-stop shop for quotes -- or, if you are more cynical, would make up quotes and not bother to concoct a separate alias for each story;
  2. That a major newspaper's editors would allow this to happen;
  3. That the New York Times employs a reporter named Jennifer 8. Lee. (Google informs me that the period after the 8 is the proper spelling, making me wonder if she has a longer middle name that is rounded to the nearest integer.)



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