Great article in Janet Cooke’s former paper

Interesting Howard Kurtz column today regarding the controversy with the recently fired New York Times Magazine contributor Michael Finkel’s use of “composite characters” (translation: fabrication) in a story on Ivory Coast boys sold into slavery.

In an interview three years ago with the Montana weekly newspaper the Tributary, Finkel said: “I never do formal interviews. I don’t use a tape recorder. I take notes but occasionally. I mostly go home at night and write my impressions down. You can read my stuff; there are not very many quotes. It’s more impressionistic.”

It’s my impression that Finkle should be lining up a real job.