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NYT: So you're NOT the mayor of Paris? Ooooh... crap.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Evil ... Thy name is Orville Redenbacher!!, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. Haven't seen this posted yet ...


    Memo the NYT: Always check out letters to the editor sent via email from reputed foreign dignitaries

  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Newspapers should start getting used to this. When you cut jobs, corners end up being cut as well.
  3. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Even cutting jobs to the bone doesn't excuse this. If they don't respond to the edits, you don't publish the letter. How tough is that to understand?
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    More apologizing with less integrity.
  5. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    apologize smarter, not harder.
  6. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    If only they could outsource the confirmations to India, this would've never happened.
  7. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    My question is this ... when they sent the edited version of the letter back to the original sender, how would that have verified his identity? If I send a fake racist email from George.W.Bush@gmail.com and they send it back to me and I approve of their edits, does that mean it would get in? I mean, it's not as if it would be difficult to verify if the mayor of goddamn Paris sent you a letter with a couple of quick phone calls.
  8. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    How can ANY e-mail be confirmed?
  9. We have an editorial page editor. Part of his job is to call and verify all letters to the editor.
    Last week, some yahoo wrote a letter calling for the extermination of feral cats, signed it Mike White or something.
    Our editor calls the phone number. Dude Answers.
    Edit.: Is Mike White there?
    Dude: Who?
    Edit.: Mike White?
    Due: Um... .. Oh, yeah, hold one.
    Pause ...
    (Same Dude): Yeah, hello this is Mike White.

    Editor said the guy didn't even try to disguise his voice. He got off the phone with the guy Googled his address and found his real name. We checked our archives and sure enough the guy - under his real name - had previously written letters to us - though none calling for the extermination of feral cats.

    Long story short; we didn't run the letter.
  10. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Letters policy
    • Please include daytime phone number for confirmation.

    Wow, that was hard. So a paper with the resources of the NY Times. The same paper that has a Paris newsroom. Or at least I think that's where the IHT works out of and they can't confirm a letter from the Mayor of Paris?
    Dumb and dumber.
  11. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    That can be fictitiously given, too.

    You cannot confirm any non-handwritten correspondence with 100 percent certainty.
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