The rise and fall of facts
from Columbia Journalism Review
In his 1964
article on fact-checking, "There Are 00 Trees in Russia," Otto Friedrich related the story of an unnamed magazine correspondent who had been assigned a profile of Egyptian president Mohamed Naguib. As was custom, he wrote his story leaving out the "zips" — facts to be filled in later — including noting that Naguib was "such a modest man that his name did not appear among the 000 people listed in
Who's Who in the Middle East
" and that he elected not to live in the royal palace, surrounded "by an 00-foot-high wall."
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