The Hiltzik blog suspension has made the New York Times.
Since it’s the Old Grey Lady, the article must necessarily be better than the previous ones. Right?
Long-time readers are already spitting their beverages onto their screens.
Yeah, it’s the same old nonsense. There is no hint in the article about the actual reason why Hiltzik’s use of pseudonyms rankles: because of the ridiculous sock-puppetry involved. (Say it with me: It’s not the pseudonyms! It’s the sock-puppetry!) Instead, slavishly observing the bland characterization of L.A. Times editors, the NYT describes Hiltzik’s offense as nothing more than posting comments under false names. The concept that Hiltzik used his pseudonyms to praise and defend each other is apparently just beyond the capability of journalists to understand — even at the (supposedly) most prestigious paper in the land.
Along those lines: I haven’t mentioned this until now, but now that it’s in the freaking New York Times: I am a Deputy District Attorney. You hear that? Deputy! Every single article that has come out on this, including the NYT piece, has called me an “assistant Los Angeles district attorney.” That’s gotta come as news to the actual Assistant District Attorneys in our office. There are only three of them, and they are among the five top-ranking supervisors in the entire office of 900+ attorneys.
But have you ever read any article in Big Media, about any topic where you had intimate personal knowledge of the facts, where they didn’t screw up something? Of course you haven’t. I have never met anyone who has.
But hey! guess what? They actually picked up the bit about Hiltzik’s e-mail snooping! So they get at least partial credit.
By the way: no. None of these news organizations has ever called me in connection with this story. The only person I ever heard from was Hugh Hewitt’s producer.
UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: I finally did get a call — one call — from an AP reporter. But I never spoke to him. I explain here.
UPDATE x2: Thanks to Tom Maguire for the link, and for promoting me to Deputy Attorney General (and Supreme Court nominee). Please consider bookmarking the main page and subscribing via Bloglines, by clicking on this button: