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    Okrent also wrote a public editor piece remarking that, of course, the NYTimes is a liberal newspaper.  He has regretted that statement, somewhat, in public since, most noticably, it is reported, in his book about being a public editor.

    Since I go to events at Harvard's Shorenstein Center, I've met Okrent a couple of times.  He has a supercilious, privileged mien and acts in concert with his appearance.

    Here is my account of the first time we met in October 2004, when I asked him about revealing the name of a reader who had offended Adam Nagourney (Nagourney is another story - I've written two diaries about my interactions with him):

    "Daniel Okrent spoke at Harvard's Shorenstein Center today.  It was taped by CSPAN for later cablecast.  I asked about the Steve Schwenker incident, having called Mr Schwenker on Sunday to discover whether he was offered the opportunity to apologize to Nagourney before Okrent labeled him a coward.  As it was CSPAN, I didn't use Schwenker's name.  Okrent did.

    "The point I was trying to make was that Okrent engaged in a flame war in a way that was just so 1995.  He muddied the public discourse while he was, ostensibly, trying to help correct it.

    "After the event, I told him about Godwin's Law as he had repeated his painting a swastika on the synagogue analogy and told him that a public editor who insults the readers has no credibility.  He replied that was so only if he made it a habit.  I called Okrent on naming Schwenker and he said he didn't mean to but I got the feeling that may not be quite true."

    When I informed Okrent that he had mentioned Schwenker's name, repeatedly, on CSPAN, he looked up at me with an "innocent" face and said, "I did?"  My bulllshit detector went haywire.  He knew exactly what he was doing.

    My last exchange with Okrent was in April or May of this year while he was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center (that's how it works - reporters end or lose a job, get a fellowship, write an article or a book, and then go on to the next berth until they lose that job, get a fellowship....).  Okrent asked me, "What was the name of that law you mentioned?"  He wanted it for a lecture he was giving.  

    I didn't go to that lecture.

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    by gmoke on Wed Sep 27, 2006 at 10:06:35 AM PDT

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