Acme of His Career

‘New York Press’ Editor Needs Ethics Lesson

The next day, lo and behold, an item about Glass's clerkship appeared in Grove's gossip column, with a quote from Lane, who claimed to be "surprised" by the news. City Paper immediately posted Cherkis's story online. Then Witt called Lane, who defended leaking the story to Grove for several reasons, including the fact that Cherkis had not explicitly asked him not to. (N.B.: Lane covers the Supreme Court, and Grove had to do his own reporting to track down the specific judge.)

"I would have thought the guy who presided over one of the biggest ethical disasters in magazine history would have acquired a keener sense of personal ethics," says Witt. Lane declined to comment.

Drugs and Thugs

Tired of reading sanitized stories about Plan Colombia? Then check out the "Teach-in on the Drug War and Colombia," scheduled for March 23 and 24 at Columbia Law School.

Sponsored by the North American Congress on Latin America, the "teach-in" will bring together what NACLA director Fred Rosen calls "the left-of-center anti-interventionist community and drug policy reformers." Both factions oppose sending military aid to a country where, he says, "the armed forces are stronger than the government itself."

Among the featured panelists is Luis Gilberto Murillo, an outspoken Afro-Colombian former governor of El Chocó, a coastal city that's home to guerrillas, paramilitaries, and a lot of drug trafficking. After receiving a number of death threats, Murillo is now in exile in Washington, D.C. According to Colombia Media Project cofounder Mario Murillo, the ex-governor is typical of dissident voices that are aligned with neither the guerrillas nor the Colombian government, and are thus viewed as "subversive" in Colombia and "ignored" by the U.S. media.

For tickets, see NACLA's Web site.

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