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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Albom worse than Daisey? Ranking the fabulists.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM

The recent hoopla over Mike Daisey’s anti-Apple, off-Broadway, one-man show and This American Life’s program-long mea culpa for presenting it as journalism has reanimated the question of veracity in the media. Who gets to make up stuff?

Slate takes a stab today at charting degrees of transgression as a function of profession, from fantasy writers (Solid yes: They better make stuff up) to journalists (Solid no: Remember Stephen Glass? Jayson Blair?).

And the chart uses the Freep’s own Mitch Albom as the icon for columnists, who get more leniency than memoirists (icon: James Frey of A Million Little Pieces) and less than monologists (of course, symbolized by Daisey).

We’d argue that a true representation of the situation requires a two-dimensional grid to plot out the size of the whoppers as well as professions, but, hey, we’ve got other stuff to get to today.

And since we’re plain ol’ working-stiff journalists, we better get it right.

 

 

 

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