What I Learned During My Credibility Vacation

May 26th, 2005  |  Published in old and busted

Gelf has revisited the Delio affair one more time with “What We Can Learn From Michelle Delio”.

Here’s the thrust of what two publications learned:

> It’s pretty clear Delio will never work for Tech Review again, at least not while [Technology Review editor Jason] Pontin is in charge. In emails to Gelf, he referred to being “extraordinarily angry” about having been “defrauded.”

> But Wired News isn’t closing the door. [Wired News Managing Editor Marty] Cortinas told Gelf, “We haven’t made any official proclamation on using Delio in the future. We don’t plan on assigning her anything, but we may revisit that at some point. I think you should always be wary of absolutes, and ‘never’ is a big word.”

One’s responding like an editor, anyhow.

The piece touches on a few other issues as well: The fast-paced, fact-check-free online publishing environment (my company requires source contact info from all writers, everyone differs), and something I’ve long disliked about WIRED (print and online) in general: The drive to be first with “the latest” from “the cutting edge” even if it’s patent bullshit. See the “toothing” business, and every cutesy, moronic neologism that flits across the magazine’s Jargon Watch section, never to ever be spoken by anyone ever again.

And, looking at it from my current occupational viewpoint, there’s this sad comment from Pontin:

> If you go back through the bulletin boards and blogs since 2000 (see techdirt, for instance), you’ll see that many people had questions about her reporting for a long timeÑbut no one chose to complain to Wired because their expectations of technology journalists were so low.

Ouch.

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