Ed Driscoll

No Need to Convince Us

Bloomberg News journalists Eric Martin and/or Nacha Cattan, “reporting” on Mexican president Felipe Calderon and the G-20 summit: “I’m Making This Up.”

Unexpectedly!

And note that this far from the first time that a journalist has been caught phoning in a story straight from his skull during an election year. In 2004, weeks before there was RatherGate, Lewis Lapham, then the editor of Harper’s, was caught by Nick Schulz of Tech Central Station reporting on the Republican Convention — before it happened. Nick would eventually dub the concept of reporting on future events before the future actually arrives, “Laphamization.”

Of course, some magazines suffer from the reverse syndrome — nobody breaks a story on the newest cutting-edge cinematic genius like Newsweek.