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  • Sock Puppet Sinks Pundit - How Lee Siegel's antics made The New Republic into an even bigger joke

    09/20/2006 12:39:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 1,336+ views
    Reason ^ | September 19, 2006 | Cathy Young
    In recent years, The New Republic, one of the nation's leading magazines of political and cultural commentary, has been embarrassed by scandals involving two of journalism's original sins: fabrication of stories and plagiarism. But the latest scandal, involving the magazine's cultural critic Lee Siegel, has to do with a transgression peculiar to the Internet age: sock puppetry. A sock puppet, in Internet parlance, is a false Internet identity created for deceptive purposes. Siegel, who had been writing a culture blog for The New Republic, had started using the pseudonym "sprezzatura" on the blog's forums to praise himself and savage his...