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Errors Cast Doubt on Matt McCarthy’s Baseball Memoir

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by YankeeFan, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Don't people realize that if you say things that aren't true -- and are provably untrue -- you're going to get caught

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/03/sports/baseball/03book.html
     
  2. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Wow, this author is a douche:

     
  3. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    My memoir on my newspaper career will include passages about all the times that management stepped up to make sure the product improved, about how they were fair to their employees with deserved raises and bonuses and how I worked happily and was content with my job until it was time to retire.

    Fact check that, suckah.
     
  4. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Chuck Barris had the right idea. I think there is a reason they call it a "memoir" and not an autobiography or non-fiction.
     
  5. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Everybody remembers stuff that didn't happen. It's how our minds work.
     
  6. lantaur

    lantaur Active Member

    Well,
    Well, the author claims to have taken notes all summer. And he got *a lot* of stuff wrong.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/03/sports/baseball/03bookside.html?ref=baseball
     
  7. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Then maybe he should quit relying on his memory when he's writing a book, and do some fact-checking before he puts any words to paper. You know, like a real author.
     
  8. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Agreed. I'm just saying it was likely lazy, not malicious.
     
  9. broadway joe

    broadway joe Guest

    Maybe getting some of the dates and stats wrong was just lazy, but there's a lot of stuff that can't be explained away so easily. When you quote a guy telling you how much he misses his kids and the guy didn't have any kids at the time, that's not lazy, that's making shit up.
     
  10. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Surely sounds like another "Even if it's not true . . . if it reads better, run with it."

    Shame on SI, while we're at it.
     
  11. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    So there are no ethics where this book is concerned, eh?

    http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/threads/66827/
     
  12. In Exile

    In Exile Member

    Ditto on SI. Even if their excerpt checked out, they were apparently aware there were problems with the rest of the book, but chose to ignore that fact.
     
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