MY POST of January 26 erroneously accuses Lisa Gray of having keyboarded the nasty little piece of work that was last Saturday's editorial grito for a statue of Bill Hicks. She is, in fact, entirely blameless, as she kindly emailed today:
I am oddly flattered. But I also have to confess: Evan Mintz actually wrote that editorial. (Lisa Gray, Philosopher queen, resident Occupyster)
Which raises the question, who the heck is Evan Mintz?
A quick run at the Internet reveals that he tweets and sometimes writes for "a major newspaper."
That last is really a puzzle, since it now appears that he writes for the Houston Chronicle. When did he quit the major newspaper?
Perhaps he was referring to the Rice Thresher. This piece from 2006 describes him as a sophomore (no surprise) and a Thresher staffer.
(Many generations ago Unca D edited that fine newspaper.)
Two or three years back, he was communications director of Rice University Young Democrats.
So he appears to be a charming fit for the Chronicle editorial board. Another reliable lefty, unencumbered by experience in at a news desk or in the world of affairs about which he so confidently opines.
But enough. He is who he is, and the hiring of such as he should put quit to any notion that the editorial board has embraced adulthood.
Still, Unca D is a mongerer of error about Ms. Gray, for which my sincere apology.
My instant resolution: To quit guessing the authorship of editorials, based on style and content analysis.
But don't hold me to it.
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I joke, but factual errors are no laughing matter. I'm genuinely sorry I made it. I've grown too careless. The error reflects badly on me and this blog.