Quote de Mom

Quote de Mom: Floyd Landis flunked a drug test and an AP reporter was able to get his mother on the phone.


“Arlene Landis, his mother, said Thursday that she wouldn’t blame her son if he was taking medication to treat the pain in his injured hip, but ‘if it’s something worse than that, then he doesn’t deserve to win. I didn’t talk to him since that hit the fan, but I’m keeping things even keel until I know what the facts are…I know that this is a temptation to every rider but I’m not going to jump to conclusions … It disappoints me.’”

All I can say is: What the that which hits the fan was he thinking?

Chasing ones long tail (or, why journalists should blog)

Chasing ones long tail (or, why journalists should blog): Yesterday, I pointed out that a number-crunching debate (a slide-rule duel?) was going to erupt over the Lee Gomes Wall Street Journal piece critical of aspects of Chris Anderson’s book, The Long Tail. Because he blogs, Anderson was able to have a very civil rebuttal posted by the time most people were first reading the WSJ column online (what? you mean people can read it in print). As I predicted, the “coversation” surrounding the article shifted away from the walled-off environs of WSJ.com and onto Chris’s website and the blogosphere. The fascinating (sad?) sidebar to this is that when Lee Gomes responded to the blogosphere’s fisking of his column, it was via an e-mail to Nick Carr. (I guess he could have chosen John Dvorak.)

Bonus link: BusinessWeek journalist Steven Baker’s post from last Saturday has some thoughts on why journalists should blog.

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