August 9th, 2012
You may recall that last week a PR agency sent around a release saying that 50 Shades of Grey had outsold Harry Potter. Or something.
Anyway, so far as I could tell, source zero for the story was this post over at The Verge by Vlad Savov, which wasn’t worded much more clearly than the press release. I emailed Savov asking if he could clarify a bit and asking where he had gotten his data from. He didn’t respond. So I then emailed Verge editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky. He didn’t respond either.
You might think that a reporter asking if a story you’ve published has any basis in reality might get at least a perfunctory response from a news outlet. But maybe they’ve just had a really busy week. Anyway, just something for the clip file for any other reporters doing pieces about TheVerge.com.
Get what’s-his-name from Tablet on it. The one who dogged Lehrer into freaking out and finally confessing. This seems like a job for that guy.