My resignation from the New York Times.

Dubious and far-fetched ideas.
May 12 2003 7:27 PM

My Resignation From the New York Times

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"Country Star Hill Criticizes President During European Tour"
March 22, 2003

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DENIED REPORTS: Singer Faith Hill did not say during a concert in Dublin, Ireland, that "George W. Bush is an illegitimate president who should be impeached." Interviews with Ms. Hill's record label, attorney, and angry husband Tim McGraw show that she's never been to Ireland, has never criticized the president, and is very annoyed that Clear Channel radio stations across the country are encouraging citizens to burn her in effigy. According to Mr. McGraw, Mr. Pollack sent Ms. Hill a bouquet of flowers several months ago with a note saying he'd "love her forever." When she didn't respond, he called their house and said, "I know you love me! Admit it!" When she didn't reciprocate he said he wrote for the New York Times and was going to ruin her career.

"Sniper Was Priest, Church Officials Say"
Feb. 1, 2003

WHEREABOUTS: This Page A-1 story carried a Boston byline, but cell phone records indicate Mr. Pollack was in Barbados on a liquor-industry junket.

PLAGIARISM: Mr. Pollack quoted John Allen Muhammad as saying, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want," which is actually from Psalms 23:1.

DENIED REPORTS: Father Patrick McDonald was quoted in the story as saying that Muhammad "was my best seminary student, even though he was Muslim." He says he never spoke to Mr. Pollack. Also, the Vatican denies that the pope "did a little tap dance, just like Richard Gere in Chicago," when he heard of the snipers' arrests.

FACTUAL ERRORS: John Allen Muhammad was never a priest, duh. He also didn't "invent the recipe for Ding Dongs" and didn't "play on the 1989 World Champion Detroit Pistons basketball team." Also, Lee Malvo wasn't in the cast of Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

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