The Twitt-All: Baum Versus the New Yorker

Ghostbusters

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I know I’m late, but I can’t resist “weighing in” on this one.

Story: journalist Dan Baum gets fired from the New Yorker in 2007. Baum understandably not pleased. Baum Twitters his version of the story over the past couple of days. Susan Orlean defends the magazine, and makes some good points. Compelling reading  for other journalists, most who probably have a score settling Twitter monologue somewhere not too deep inside them.

My favorite part of Baum’s Twitt-All(like a tell all, get it?):

Editor David Remnick calls and tells Baum that he’s coming down to New Orleans to cover Katrina. Baum tells us his emotional state. “Now, I was a little freaked out down there – hot, confused, mind-blown, and more than a little frightened.”

Then Baum says to Remnick: “You’re going to bigfoot me?”    

At that point in reading Baum’s narrative, I said to myself, ‘Yep, that’s going to move you up on the early retirement list.’

Sort of reminds me of that scene in Ghostbusters, where the Ghostbusters have climbed to the top of the apartment building on the Upper West Side, and Zul appears from another dimension. And Zul says: “Are you a God?” And Ray answers, “No, I’m not a God.” Then Zul blasts the heck out of the Ghostbusters, and then Venkman pops up and says: “Ray, next time somebody asks you if you’re a God, you say YES.”

 Media survival/life lesson: When an editor says he’s coming to work on a story in the same city as you, you say “Yes!”

 UPDATE: More importantly, how could I have missed that Ghostbusters III is supposed to come out in 2010?

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