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Oct. 23 2002 3:05 PM

Barry-ing the Lede

The Fray finds Slate's World Series coverage predictable.

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C U L8R Boi: No Fraywatch for a couple days. Back Monday. ... 2:20 a.m.


Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002

Lying is a virus: In Moneybox, Daniel Gross asks, "Why do CEOs lie on their résumés?" Bernard Yomtov does his best William S. Burroughs here:

I doubt anyone falsifies their resume when about to be interviewed for the CEO job. Most likely it's done much earlier in life, to help get a job or maybe just for ego. The lie is never checked out, and finds its way into all sorts of personnel files and bios. Virus-like, it uses the mechanisms of bureaucracy to reproduce itself. It becomes impossible to correct the situation without major embarrassment, so people just let it slide … That doesn't make it right, of course, but it's easy to see how it happens.

Bernard Yomtov, Nobel Laureate in Physics (or was that Medicine? I keep forgetting).

Yomtov's Nobel may be fake, but his star is real. He can claim it in the Best of The Fray Fray.

Money makes the mare go: Brendan Koerner's Tangled Web on the proliferation of Nigerian e-mail scams has Jimmy the Celt laughing here:

Cons are distinctive because they require the complicity of the victim: in fact, the victim becomes a victim only after he has consented to perform what he knows is an illegal—or at least highly irregular—procedure.

That the government of the United States has issued an "ultimatum" to the government of Nigeria to "do something" about this flourishing little cottage industry diminishes our national dignity. The greedy saps who fall for the Lagos e-mails constitute a modest source of foreign aid. The rest of us are entertained in the bargain.

Andy Aaron thinks the Secret Service's numbers are as shady as the Nigerians' here; W.V. Micko backdates the origins of the Spanish Prisoner about 100 years here.

Lies, damn lies, and reporters: Koerner's Explainer on the difficulties of prosecuting a journalist for fraud has brought out the best in Roy Jaruk. His response  ranges from the U.S.S. Maine to Tom Clancy to Michael Moore. He offers the Fray's most sensible version of "but it's all lies":

The broadcast media runs a whole lot of what's called "B roll" stuff, by no means restricted to science and military news, propaganda provided to support or promote a position or product. The print media uses lots of crap extracted from PR releases, without verifying it. The trouble is, both major branches of the media run it AS IF they ferreted out the story themselves and present it as "news" when it's actually PR propaganda … The same press, by the way, that loves to trumpet itself as the guardian of American freedom by causing the evildoers to fear their journalistic light. Kinda hard to turn that light on your subjects when you are in bed with them, I think.

On the record, he can claim his star in the Best of The Fray Fray.


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