Disclosures

scout020509 DisclosuresThis week’s award for best disclosure statement goes to The Big Money’s Chadwick Matlin, who included this helpful paragraph in yesterday’s Michael Lewis: Our Money Laureate:

That Lewis is so devoted to profile-driven journalism is surprising considering his influences (which, it should be said, are influences that I—and The Big Money—share). Lewis’ career owes much to the tutelage of Michael Kinsley, co-founder of Slate and a man who once said that profiles are "encrusted with useless anecdotes." That quote appears in Slate’s collection of assessments, the column that this piece is closely emulating. Lewis has written for Slate, which Kinsley cofounded and my boss, Jacob Weisberg, has edited. Kinsley and Weisberg both make an appearance in the acknowledgement section of Lewis’ upcoming book Home Game, which is essentially a collection of his Slate columns. Kinsley is credited as the godfather of Lewis’ first child, and Lewis says lovingly of Weisberg, "If he’s never matched my self-pity he has often encouraged it." This would also probably be a good time to mention that The Big Money routinely syndicates Lewis’ Bloomberg News columns.

For the record, I’ve never met the guy.

That just about settles it!

In the interest of fuller disclosure, this writer should note that Mr. Matlin mentions an article from The Observer later in the same piece and that The Observer wrote about The Big Money in September, at which time this writer met Mr. Matlin and interviewed his editor, James Ledbetter, who it should be noted once worked for The Observer. The writer also spoke with Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg on the phone, which was the second time he’d spoken to Mr. Weisberg, the first, briefly, in person in May 2008. Furthermore, this writer has written for Slate on two occasions and reads the site every day. He has also spent time socially with a former Slate writer as recently as last night whom he considers a friend, though not a "best" friend, but, if pushed to use some sort of modifier to signify the level of his friendship might go with "old" or "close" or, in a pinch, "dear."

The colon in Mr. Matlin’s headline was added by this writer. He also didn’t read Mr. Matlin’s whole piece before posting this.