In the end: As first reported by Der Spiegel, first imported to the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal, and first blogged by the rexblog, Daniel Brewster was given “das boot” today. I am truly sorry for the people involved in the actions that led up to his dismissal, however, I think it was the only option available to the parent company. The intregrity of the entire magazine industry’s circulation verification infrastructure was put at jeapordy by the actions of Brewster or those reporting to him. Again, I am saddened by what this will mean to individuals involved.
At times like this, I’m reminded of the line from the TS Elliot poem, Little Gidding: “What we call the beginning is often the end/And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” I hope that Dan will view this a great place to start from. As for me and this weblog, this topic is now officially closed. You can track the gory follow-up details elsewhere.