No wonder newspapers are going out of business.
Two days after we first broke the story that copies of Susanna Kaysen’s memoir Girl, Interrupted had been torn apart by school officials, the Journal News finally got around to reporting the story only after the school district sent them a press release.
Aman Ali of the Journal News is reporting:
School officials are distancing themselves today from the actions of the New Rochelle High School’s English department staff, which reportedly tore out pages of a literature book used in a senior class because the passage included references to oral sex.
While it is nice to see our story get pick up in The Journal News – and maybe they will even put it out on the Northeast AP wire (hint, hint) – I would not that the article contains this sentence:
The news, first reported on a local blog, said someone in the school’s English department tore out seven pages of the book “Girl, Interrupted”.
Setting aside the grammatical problems, why no link back to our original story? We were considered a reliable enough source to lift our quote from Ms. Atlschul. How about a little credit for breaking the story? Heck, we link you guys all the time!