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Subject: Re: Kass, in his own words Date: 5/7/2013 11:54 PM
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In fairness, he was on stage, probably nervous, and wasn't running a tape recorder.

Somebody else obviously was.


Et tu, Goofy? A former media exec of some sort, if I recall, doubting the integrity or skills of a reporter in the field?

Oh, wait. It's coming back to me . . .

Kass pretended he had quotes he didn't have. No circumstances excuse that.

Your presumption is incorrect. I took my notes the old-fashioned way, with a pen and notebook. Back in the day, it's how print journalism was committed. You may recall.

I'm old-fashioned to this extent: If Warren Buffett invites me to his annual meeting and asks me, on my honor, not to record it, I'm not recording it. I'm still quite big on honor. I do have a fat hip notebook full of chicken scratch from that day, as well as the attention of my new friend Wendy, from Melbourne. "You certainly write a great deal," she said as we broke for lunch, with some concern. She never looked at me quite the same way after that.

There's an error rate with hand-taken notes, no question. You focus on a single piece of rhetoric, a sentence or series of sentences that make an argument, the rhythm in your head like a song lyric, until it's down, then you pick up wherever the speaker is, probably three or four sentences later. That's why there are so many elipses in my account, and probably there should be more. I don't always reflect the gaps in my notes because I'm on to the next quote. But if Berkshire or some scofflaw has a recording, I'll be happy to put my account of these quotes up against Kass's.

Andrew Ross Sorkin probably has the skills to participate in the meeting as a panelist and also tweet/blog/write stories for the Times simultaneously. Kass clearly doesn't have those skills. That's fine. But he shouldn't pretend that he does. His quotes have an accuracy rate that would get you fired at the Jingledink Bugle (my alma mater).
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