A Mad, Mad World Redux

On October 24th, Erik Wemple of The Washington Post wrote a column criticizing The Atlantic for its decision to publish my article, “The Mad, Mad World of Niche Sports Among Ivy League-Obsessed Parents.”

In assailing The Atlantic for giving me a platform, he cited my journalistic malpractice as an associate editor at The New Republic in Washington, D.C. in the mid-1990s. (I was in my early 20s at the time, writing under my maiden name, Ruth Shalit.)

In his Oct. 24th column and a second on Oct. 30th, Wemple outlined in great detail his doubts and misgivings about my Atlantic piece. He raised the question that goes to the heart of any piece of journalism: “How much of it is true?” …

Ruth S. Barrett

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