Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Jayson Blair is a bad bad man 

Michael Cader (of Publisher's Lunch) riffs on the recent New York Times internal memo that's made the rounds this week:

Dear Kids,

We know that most of the time you lead a pretty sheltered life. So Mommy and Daddy wanted to warn you that next month, a bad man is publishing a book that says mean things about all of us. Worst of all, he says he was wrong and pretends to apologize, but he doesn?t really mean it. You?ll probably hear your friends talking about it, and you might even get teased at school, even though none of it is true.

Mommy and Daddy promised the bad man?s lawyers we wouldn?t say anything in public about the book until next month if he would let us read it now?even though it?s not worth reading, and you shouldn?t because it will just make you upset. (Your two daddies from when the bad man used to live in our neighborhood are also writing books, but they won?t be out for a long time so you don?t have to worry.)

Mostly, we wanted to let you know that Mommy and Daddy are very proud of you, and love you very much. And Grandpa says ditto.

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