The Times responds
: Dan Okrent put up a response to my complaint about Sarah Boxer’s story on the Iraq The Model bloggers. I like much of what Dan says; I don’t like what the arts editor of the paper says; and it’s too bad this does not address the strong complaints of the subjects of the story here and here.
Dan [full disclosure: a former colleague of mine at Time Inc.] tells the story of the story and then says:
In surprisingly informal language, and with the repeated (and unaccustomed) use of the first person singular pronoun, Boxer explored both the charges and the defense signaled in her first paragraph.
The blog world erupted. Jeff Jarvis, who operates a Web site called buzzmachine.com, posted an attack on the piece (and on The Times for running it), calling it “irresponsible, sloppy, lazy, inaccurate, incomplete, exploitive, biased, and — worst of all — dangerous.