[Foundation-l] Request for your input: biographies of living people

Fred Bauder fredbaud at fairpoint.net
Tue Mar 3 13:30:14 UTC 2009

> 2009/3/3 Fred Bauder <fredbaud at fairpoint.net>:
>> With respect to biographies of living persons, unless there is
>> sufficient
>> reliable published information about a person to flesh out a well
>> balanced article we shouldn't have one.
> The question them becomes "reliable." "Reliable sources" usually print
> whatever the subject tells them, even if it's a damn lie. (See the
> Polish example earlier in this thread.)
> - d.

Well, that is the "fact laundering" phenomenon I've explored in the past.
Information is no better than its actual source. And if the actual source
is gossip, rumor, or self dealing, no amount of publishing in The Times
(or other reliable source) changes its essential nature.


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