Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I Think I Owe Yvette Kantrow An Apology

After speaking with a mutual acquaintance, it appears that Ms. Kantrow was attempting to be facetious in her seeming praise of Taibbi. Her goal, apparently, was to question why such a high profile article wasn't being critiqued by the Columbia Journalism Review.

It seems that Ms. Kantrow has a habit of writing biting bits of satire. In my defense, I did ask what she was smoking.

Perhaps, part of what threw me was her suggestion that CJR was influenced by their funding from Goldman Sachs. It seems more likely to me that they've come to the conclusion that Rolling Stone has lowered itself to the level of the National Enquirer and, thus, really wasn't "journalism" anymore.

Clearly, I wasn't the only one who misunderstood her intent, as the comments that have been accepted for her column (mine, as yet, has not), took her as supportive of Taibbi.

Some Examples:


Hmm...Sounds to me like the well-nuanced sound of Yvette doing some desperate backpedaling. How ARE those Goldman-Sachs algorithms doing these days, Yvette. Do tell!

Taibbi was dead on.

Posted on: July 18, 2009 9:27 PM


From: James,

I have not seen anyone refute Taibbi's facts. The major criticism of his piece has been that it was too hard on GS and too specific. Taibbi answered those ridiculous charges. But no one has refuted his facts, that I've seen.

You have made some reckless accusations about Taibbi's facts and about CJR, without any evidence, as far as I can tell. Talk about hyperbolic -- you take the cake! Here's a clue: it doesn't help your own credibility much.

Posted on: July 20, 2009 8:21 AM

Ms. Kantrow, I'm sorry for mistaking your satire. You believing that Taibbi's article was good was significantly more believable than Orson Welles' report of Martians in New Jersey; so I don't feel embarrassed by my mistake.

Perhaps, in the future, you might take some steps to make sure that your actual opinion is clear. Maybe post pictures where you stick out your tongue?

Best of luck in the future.

Larry Loeb

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