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July 02, 2016


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Jeremy Telman

In the New Yorker article that provided a teaser for the book, Gay Talese describes how he joined in Foos' voyeurism, invading the privacy of an unsuspecting couple so that he could watch them have sex and then engage in "journalism" by writing about his and Foos' exploits. Everything about the article, from Talese's decision to write it to the New Yorker's decision to publish it, is nauseating. The appropriate response is "Ich kann nicht soviel fressen als ich kotzen moechte."

Journalistic ethics have already been obliterated, so who cares if he didn't adequately fact check?

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