The Loop

Maybe it was an out-of-body visit
Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t the only one channeling these days–the national news media is taking its own trip to the land of imaginary events.
Last week, the New York Times reported–erroneously, it turns out–that Jean Houston trekked to Rochester earlier this year, coaching 350 employees at Xerox Business Services on finding meaning in work.

The Loop

Maybe it was an out-of-body visit
Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t the only one channeling these days–the national news media is taking its own trip to the land of imaginary events.
Last week, the New York Times reported–erroneously, it turns out–that Jean Houston trekked to Rochester earlier this year, coaching 350 employees at Xerox Business Services on finding meaning in work.
“I don’t think there was a national network or news publication I didn’t talk to last week because of that story,” Xerox flack Carl Langsenkamp laments.
Houston did speak to XBSers, Langsenkamp says, but only as one of several motivational speakers–including Olympians and “anyone else we could get our hands on”–brought to a four-day seminar at Xerox’s Leesburg, Va., training facility.
Despite explaining this scenario to a Newsweek reporter, a recent story in that magazine refers to Houston as a “Xerox consultant,” Langsenkamp says.
Nor did Houston did teach Xeroids how to channel Chester Carlson–as far as we know.

Next: Wegmans and exogenous variables
Not that you need another reason to check out Slate, but here’s one anyway: University of Rochester economist Steven Landsburg is slated to run a monthly column in Michael Kinsley’s hot-off-the-Web weekly zine. Titled “”Everyday Economics,” the column aims to use economic analysis to “”illuminate everyday life.”
His first piece, appearing today, explains how sexual promiscuity can slow the spread of AIDS. Slate’s Web site is http://www.slate.com.

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