The New Yorker has one of the most bad-ass fact checking departments in the business. Or at least it did as of the late 80s-early 90s, when the department's head lectured to my journalism classes at NYU numerous times. I presume from Megnut's post that it's pretty much still intact. They will go over every minute detail of every article, and anything they can't confirm gets deleted.
But in this case, what could they do? They couldn't call Luminant. They had to take it on faith.
By the way, everyone's favorite obsessive-compulsive serial plagarizer, Ruth Shalit, is up to her old tricks again.posted by aaron at 9:14 PM on December 5, 2000
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