The Media’s ‘Sex Slave’ Flap: Where’s the Love?


Journalist Peter Landesman has lashed out against media critics who questioned whether his Jan. 25 New York Times Magazine cover story about “sex slaves” overstated the scope of the problem.

Landesman vented at weblogger Daniel Radosh and Slate’s Jack Shafer, both of whom had criticized the story, according to Shafer’s account in Slate.

Landesman apparently took umbrage when Radosh made a passing comparison with journalism fraud Stephen Glass. Landesman’s angry phone calls and e-mails were followed closely by notes of contrition and apology from Landesman and his boss.

Shafer’s column includes links to Landesman’s story and the critical pieces. It also quotes from the notes of apology.


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