Thanks to read: Swans' Release *AND* Jayson Blair
aymery at ix.netcom.com
Tue May 13 20:14:36 MDT 2003
[Sorry, I am a bit late for this release. I've had to deal with a Jayson
Blair of sort on Swans -- after publication date! Not a pleasant
experience... Plagiarism has nothing to do with race, Counterpunch
notwithstanding. Plagiarism is color-blinded and my contact with it
was very white indeed, and from a self-defined small town "activist"
(and it was the second time around from the same individual). And
plagiarism should not be confused with the propaganda and deception
spilled out day in and day out by the Judy Miller's of the NYT.
Plagiarism is stealing someone else's work and ideas and attributing
them as one's own. It is a curse on the integrity of a publication as well
as that of its publisher and its editors. And by extension it also
tarnishes the reputation of the entire pool of contributors.
Please, do NOT defend Jayson Blair (whatever the color of his skin
is, and whatever the propagandist content of the NYT). We are
talking about the breach of trust, here.
The funny part of all is that Swans' Note from the Editor kind of
ironically played on these events (playing with the "good" professor of
Penn State) to present the latest issue -- btw, the biggest issue in
seven years -- and I ended up being kicked in the ass! Not fun...
Again, do NOT excuse plagiarism for whatever ideological reason.
May 12, 2003 -- In this issue:
Note from the Editor: Here is a big edition of Swans in celebration of
its seventh anniversary. So, let's get right down to it. Last February,
Michael Bérubé, the good professor at Penn State, contacted us to
point out a factual error in an essay written by Lou Paulsen on what
was then known as, but is now long forgotten, the Lerner Affair.
Bérubé admonished this editor gently, advising that "Paulsen should
have been fact-checked." We issued a correction. Of course, had we
the resources of The New York Times, facts would have been
checked more thoroughly; certainly as accurately as the venerable
paper did with one of its about 375 reporters. Jayson Blair, who
instead of repeating anonymous sources emanating from the bowels of
Washington and spinning the news as The Times is so inclined to do,
went on to fabricate, plagiarize and falsify many of the 600+ stories he
wrote for the paper. It took almost four years to uncover the
journalistic fraud! "Let's not begin to demonize our executives . . . . or,
dare I say, the publisher," said Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., the
paper's...publisher! Faced with such perils we made sure that all the
assertions made by Nikhil Shah in his analysis on the illegality of force
on North Korea were factually documented. It only took 197
footnotes, all meticulously reviewed by our own NYT-subcontracted
fact-checkers! Since we were into facts Greg Elich ran a few of his
own in a quiz that should help clarify what actually constitute war
crimes. Facts, like WMD, can evidently have a different meaning
according to the double-speak world presented by Baffour Ankomah.
And, to follow Milo Clark, facts would suggest that our recovered-
alcoholic president, drunken with power, is experiencing his own
ecstasy of catastrophe.
Not surprisingly, the aftereffects of the Iraq invasion, err "liberation,"
deeply permeate this edition. They undoubtedly triggered Scott
Orlovsky's powerful statement of conscience as well as Eli
Beckerman's heated condemnation of the plutocratic gang that is
literally destroying the societal fabric of the U.S. with its calamitous
policies. But, while the current situation is undeniably dire, and the
Christian Right threatens the core values of the US fabric (see
Kimberly Blaker's piece), both Robert Macintosh and Philip
Greenspan with their life-long experience show that there are
profound divisions in the USA today, that one should not give up, and
that it's only a matter of time before the "game is over" with this
ravaging oligarchy. People count!
You may have noticed that the 2004 US presidential campaign is in
full swing. Yyuran, Deck Deckert's Martian friend, did not miss the
meaning of the Commander in Chief's tail-hook landing on the aircraft
carrier and his now famous smirk. So, Michael Stowell decided to
look into the résumés of the candidates with a special emphasis on the
White House Resident; and Jan Baughman offers a few hints about
what she would like to see in, and hear from an aspiring president.
Just so you know, Bush II raised $100 million in 2000. The goal is
twice as much this time around... It should buy a lot of votes in this
"Has Alma Hromic disappeared?" asked a few readers. Well, no;
she's back smiling and kicking. Read her lively and creative story and
you'll understand her recent sojourn! In the poetry corner, Sabina
Becker presents two short poems and the work of a new contributor,
Phil Rockstroh, is a must-read. Finally, another Letter to a Young
Hopefully, we've crossed all the t's and dotted all the i's. But don't
curse this poor editor if he failed the test. Call Sulzberger!
As always, please form your OWN opinion, and let your friends (and
foes) know about Swans. It's your voice that makes ours grow.
Here is the list of all the pieces:
Seven Years And Going... - by Gilles d'Aymery
North Korea And International Law - by Nikhil Shah
Can You Spot The War Crime? - by Gregory Elich
Did We All Do A Clare Short? - by Baffour Ankomah
Maybe It Is Just Bush After All... - by Milo Clark
I Believe - by Scott Orlovsky
Freedom Dollars: "Last Frontier for the New Pioneers"
by Eli Beckerman
The New America - by Richard Macintosh
Curing The Pro-War Pandemic - by Philip Greenspan
Pledge And Prayer Amendment Threatens Religious Freedom
by Kimberly Blaker
Landing A Campaign Visual - by Deck Deckert
The Mud - by Michael W. Stowell
Looking For A Leader In 2004 - by Jan Baughman
A Moving Carol - by Alma A. Hromic
Letters to a Young Poet (Letter Four)
by Rainer Maria Rilke
Djinn Rummy Over Baghdad - by Sabina C. Becker
He Who Damns A Lie Will Have To Answer To Me
by Phil Rockstroh
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