Comments on: A public service announcement http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: leigha hoffner http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/comment-page-1/#comment-2594 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 17:21:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/#comment-2594 Hello my name is Leigha Hoffner and I am the mother of a 3 year old son named Jamil. My son was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Bassen Kornzweig Syndrome. This is a rare deadly condition. Because of the horrors of what my son and family have been through I started a foundation called A Cure for Bassen Kornzweig Foundation. I am writing to ask if it is possible if our story of the story of our foundation can be aired on your show. We are trying to bring about awareness of this disease but also since my son is the only child in this state with this disease to find a doctor who is willing and knows how to treat him before it is too late.

I have no other options. I am a mother and I do not want my son to die.

Thank you and may God bless you for your helping.

Leigha

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By: ed http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/comment-page-1/#comment-1872 Fri, 22 May 2009 23:29:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/#comment-1872 The key message here: don’t buy the book, don’t trust the reporter, and don’t use his story to draw lessons about the larger world.

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By: odograph http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/comment-page-1/#comment-1849 Fri, 22 May 2009 15:02:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/#comment-1849 Didn’t one of the econ/finance blogs run a bit recently on financial opposites attracting? Savers and spenders? I’ve seen that.

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By: dWj http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/comment-page-1/#comment-1847 Fri, 22 May 2009 14:56:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/#comment-1847 This is certainly salient information, but it basically comports with the magazine excerpt, which mostly left me with the impression that their big problem was that his new wife can’t rein in her spending. McArdle indicates that the book is more anti-banker than the excerpt was; if that’s the case (though I suppose even if it isn’t), this is a bigger omission in the case of the book than of the magazine.

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By: Dave http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/comment-page-1/#comment-1846 Fri, 22 May 2009 14:54:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/#comment-1846 As McArdle herself notes in the comment to her piece, the “skills,” such as they are required to write the piece were (1) having received a tip from someone about the wife’s prior bankruptcies; (2) knowing that bankruptcy filings are a matter of public record; (3) having the $10 or so it required to retrieve those public documents; and (4) having the writing skills to tell the story in a compelling way.

Of all of those skills or pieces of knowledge perhaps only the last, writing skill, is learned via the journalism trade; nonetheless, many people outside of journalism know how to write well.

So, no, I don’t buy that anything she did was inherently special to the journalism trade: many bloggers have broken stories.

As for the reporter/book writer: I have very little sympathy for people who find themselves in desperate financial straits. McArdle’s story reinforces that notion.

(A propos of perhaps nothing: the CAPTCHA required to submit this comment is “rent”: perhaps the NYT report ought to take that to heart.)

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By: OneEyedMan http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/comment-page-1/#comment-1845 Fri, 22 May 2009 14:49:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/#comment-1845 She’s a main stream journalist. She used to write for The Economist and currently writes for The Atlantic Monthly. She may have a great blog, but her bills are mostly paid by journalism, and journalism is where she learned the skills to do the investigation she did.

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By: odograph http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/comment-page-1/#comment-1835 Fri, 22 May 2009 11:03:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/#comment-1835 I think the fact that this econ-writer married a serial bankrupt makes the story more poignant, actually. The extra facts might make it a bad book but still ….

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By: Brian Foulkrod http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/comment-page-1/#comment-1831 Fri, 22 May 2009 05:10:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/22/a-public-service-announcement/#comment-1831 My gut instinct on somebody putting out such a book was confirmed after reading the linked writeup on it you supplied.

One more tale of freeloading folks wanting something for nothing, and um…we buy their book to give them spending money they can no longer borrow, now that lending has tightened (and even the family cat can’t apply like in the “good old days”).

I suppose I should follow such a stupid purchase up by holding the door to a stor for a shoplifter running out the door with a new TV, and pay the manager when he comes to give chase?

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