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Re: Dinosaurs continue to terrorize us
There is another moral to the story as well, the NY Times has learned to its
embarrassment. As in all research, you should check and disclose your sources
fully. See the editor's note at the end of the full story at
"The Times could not verify the former couple's accounts because the
information was given to the British press by a freelance journalist who
charged for the account. The Times does not pay for information. The Times
should have disclosed fully to readers why we relied on other news reports. Or,
perhaps it would have been prudent, given that condition, for The Times to have
resisted parroting the episode at all."
-- Jeff Hecht, stressing the importance of proper disclosure, something the
bird clearly understood better than the NY Times.
At 3:47 PM -0800 1/21/06, Phil Bigelow wrote:
>Parrot Squawks about Woman's Secret Affair
>By Sarah Lyall
>The New York Times
>Jan. 18, 2006
>LONDON - "Hiya, Gary!", the parrot trilled flirtatiously whenever Chris
>Taylor's girlfriend answer her cell phone.
>But Taylor, the owner of the parrot, did not know anyone named Gary. And
>his girlfriend, Suzy Collins, who had moved into his apartment a year
>earlier, swore that she didn't, either. She stuck to her story even
>after the parrot, Ziggy, began making lovey-dovey, smooching noises when
>it heard the name Gary on the television.
>And so it went until the day just before Christmas when as Taylor and
>Collins smuggled on the sofa, Ziggy blurted out, "I love you, Gary", his
>voice a dead ringer for Collins'.
>"It sent a chill down my spine," Taylor, a 30-year-old computer
>programmer from Leeds, told reporters on Monday. "I started laughing,
>but when I look at Suzy I could tell something was up. Her face was like
>beer root, [ !! <pb>], and she started to cry."
>Gary, it turned out, was Collins' former colleague and current secret
>lover. And not only had Collins, a 25-year-old call center worker, been
>cheating on Taylor, but she had been doing it in front of the bird.
>"It makes my stomach churn to think about what he might have seen or
>heard them doing", Taylor said of Ziggy, as reported in the Daily
>When it became clear that Ziggy could not be taught to stop saying
>"Gary", Taylor found a new home for the bird.
>"Parrots piss me off!" - Eric Cartman (South Park)