if they don’t publish it

The power of a weblog: I was moved for the first time to write a letter to Time magazine (which in retrospect I thought was kind of harsh, but in fact it isn’t – what kind of conflict of interest is potentially going on here, and they should have pointed it out) and figured that if they choose not to publish it, I can:

>Sir/Madam

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>I found your article “All about the oil” (Feb 17, 2003) to be as flimsy a piece of reporting as I’ve ever seen in your magazine. In one paragraph we are told that the takeover and occupation of Iraq could cost American taxpayers up to $200 billion, virtually none of which would come from the sale of Iraqi oil. In the next section, we are told that American oil service companies could share contracts of up to $2 billion – one of these companies being Halliburton. That would be Dick Cheney’s Halliburton? That should have been mentioned, as well as how much the Vice President could personally gain from this, and how much I personally would have to pay!

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>Yours,

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>Andrew M Mogendorff

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Dear Reader:

Thank you for writing. We welcome timely, insightful reactions to material we have published, and we can assure you that your observations found an attentive audience among the editors. Should your comments be selected for

the column, you will be notified in advance of publication. Again, our thanks for letting us hear from you. We hope that you will write again should you discover something of particular interest in the news or in our reporting of it.

Best wishes.

TIME Letters

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