By association, anyway: The terrific two-man team known as the Internets Celebrities have released their latest web video, an 18-minute film titled “Stadium Status” that looks at the machinations behind New York’s new sports stadiums and arenas. And I have a featured role helping to explain how the deal went down, though I’m happily upstaged by scenes of the actual IC crew playing catch (replete with dramatic Ken Burns-esque music) on the site of Shea Stadium, now the Citi Field parking lot.
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It’s not every day I get plagiarized by Glenn Beck disciples, let alone get written up in the Daily Kos for it, but apparently yesterday was my lucky day.
First, the Cincinnati 9/12 Project — part of Glenn Beck’s campaign to re-establish core American principles, which apparently require belief in a male God — posted a blog item that might seem somewhat familiar to anyone who read my May 5 article on new tax reporting requirements for CNNMoney.com.
I first got wind of this last night, around about the same time that Coleman Kane of the Daily Kos noted it on his blog. Unlike the 9/12ers, though, who apparently fell for the fiction that my article was written by a CPA named “Wayne,” Kane actually did his research, Googling me to find out my resume. As he then wrote:
Notice how, save for some superficial changes to wording, they are almost identical? Even the idea flow and paragraph breaks match up! In fact, the major changes to the article were solely to remove the citations from other sources, which include opposition to and support of the new law changes, as well as comments by a legislative aide involved in the legislation.
What’s more — Neil’s a writer for CNN and many other publications, including NYC publications such as The Village Voice and City Limits. So the Cincinnati 9/12 Project plagiarizes an east-coast Ivy League writer to make their point (badly).
For the record, I’m not Ivy League — I went to Wesleyan, where our only connection to the Ivies was that Yale kept stealing our best professors by offering them decent salaries. But it is pretty remarkable that the Beck followers can take an article on a clumsily written piece of tax legislation — one that was inserted into the health care bill, incidentally, by a conservative Democrat and a Republican — and reach the conclusion that “only a bunch of leftists could write legislation that consists entirely of thousands of poison pills and call it ‘health care.’”
Though I probably shouldn’t get too upset, given that the Cincinnati 9/12 Project is based in Ohio, which isn’t a state anyway.
UPDATE: I emailed the Cincinnati 9/12 folks to note the plagiarism, and organization president Karen Best promptly wrote back apologizing and saying the post would be edited to correctly attribute the article and link to the original story, which has now been done. So presumably the blame here goes not to them, but to the mysterious “Wayne”…
If you missed my two-night musical tour of Brooklyn back in January, here’s your chance to make amends: I’ll be performing a set in support of the insanely fabulous Tatters and Rags (descendants of the equally fabulous The Victoria Lucas) at 11 pm sharp at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg, next Wednesday, May 19. And I’ll be accompanied for the occasion by David Dyte on slide guitar, making this an incredibly rare partial reunion of the never-lived band 37 Dead Clerks (no MySpace link, sorry — what part of “never-lived” didn’t you understand?).
Tatters and Rags is the headliner but actually goes on first, making me the … closing act? The appendix? In any case, show up for their set at 10, as you won’t regret it. And we’ll all be done by midnight, I promise, so no need for worries there.
I’m very pleased to announced that, effective immediately, I am taking on the role of Contributing Editor for Safety Net and Workforce Development issues for the newly redesigned and expanded City Limits. I’m actually one of four new contributing editors that City Limits has brought on — that’s right, a journalism outlet actually expanding! in 2010! — with Helen Zelon (education/child development), Eileen Markey (housing/homelessness), and Jake Mooney (labor/immigration) my new colleagues.
What this means for you, the reader, is lots more articles like these, running on City Limits’ now-daily-updated website. (Did I mention the new website?) I’ll still be writing for the Voice and elsewhere, and will still be posting links here and via Twitter, for those of you who prefer your news to come to you, rather than having to hunt it down and kill it.
I’ll be assigning out some articles as well, so if you’re a journalist with a great story about the lives of (and city services for) low-income New Yorkers, drop me a line.
For those of you in New York City and environs, I’m going to be returning from my long hiatus from live music the week after next, performing songs from my never-to-be-released CD “More Songs About Buildings and Gentrification.” I’ll be opening for my friend Scott MX Turner (aka Rebelmart) at two shows, at Freddy’s in Prospect Heights on Tuesday 1/19, and at Rocky Sullivan’s in Red Hook on Friday 1/22. Both shows start at 8 pm, and I go on first, then stick around to accompany Scott on his set. There Will Be Melodicas!
This has to be a new record of some kind: Quote given at 3:45 pm EST; quote appears on web at 3:58 pm EST.
The new edition of Baseball Prospectus is out, with my essay on the last year in baseball stadium developments, and I’ll be hitting the road – okay, the keyboard and the subway – to help promote it. This Thursday, I’ll be at baseballprospectus.com doing a live online chat (feel free to submit questions ahead of time).
Then on Thursday, March 12, at 6 pm, I’ll be appearing on a BP panel discussion, along with Kevin Goldstein, Steven Goldman, Jay Jaffe, and Cliff Corcoran, at the original Barnes & Noble store on 18th St. and Fifth Ave. in Manhattan. C’mon out and say hi.