A recent post, Jeffrey Goldberg Admits To Driving While Stupid dealing with texting and driving was clarified by various sources and the original subject of the criticism. I am only aware of number three.
3) Toadying for a colleague. Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic put out an early item on the Norway deaths called “Mumbai Comes to Norway.” It also assumed that al Qaeda was to blame. Many on the left have asserted with increasing rancor that I am a craven toady, loyal to the Atlantic’s corporate interests above all else, for not lumping him with the Post column I criticized.
That may have something to do with my post, since I did write,
Reminds one of FOX’s reporting on the News International phone hacking scandal.
Back to the basic assertion of my post however,
Jeffrey Goldberg has explained, in an update-update, that the initial lack of an “update” label was a mistake rather than a deception. He was on the road, by car in upstate New York and Vermont, and was having trouble connecting. He filed the post, erased part of it inadvertently (this has happened to me) when adding later updates, and refiled it piecemeal. He says:
A number of readers have pointed out that my previous caveat give the impression that it was an instantaneous caveat, when in fact it wasn’t. It was written a short while after the original post went up, and was labeled “Update” originally (I’ve since affixed the word “update” to it again. What happened was that I was driving and had connectivity problems, and so when I added further updates (below), I inadvertently erased the whole post, and had to rescue it from a Word document, but in re-posting that word document (or most of it — I saved only most of it) I dropped the word “update,” along with a couple of other things.
His critics assume that of course he is flat-out lying, and that I am his enabler in accepting the lie so as not to embarrass our company.
Since I’m not a first tier blogger I am presuming Mr. Fallows is not referring to my post, and let it go at that. Otherwise I would have to get involved in an online disputes, and also too, that the only winners in online disputes are people who stay out of them, and everyone knows that no defense is better than a bad one in online disputes, but no so much in sporting events, which would bring me to George Will and the inductive brilliance of using empirical data to prove that no amount of money can make people passionate about learning, and that no teacher can overcome an indolent mind.