This 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:
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.