April 20, 2006

Magic Shuffle vs. The New York Times

Could Magic Shuffle — the oracle that answers questions using iTunes shuffle feature — write for The New York Times? Here's how it the paper's new freelancer ethics questionnaire.

Please list your other current employers, whether full time or part time
The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter – Amy Allison. Thanks for your submission, Mr. Dunleavy. We'll be in touch.

For what other employers have you worked in the last three years?
Days Go By – Dirty Vegas. Would that be Mitsubishi or Deutsch Inc?

What sort of volunteer work do you do regularly, if any, and for whom? (Please include any public relations, advocacy or advisory board involvement.)
Imagination – Frank Sinatra. Call it what you want, blogging doesn't count.

Do you do any work paid or unpaid in politics or government? Have you done any lobbying of governmental bodies?
We’re All Gonna Die Someday – Kasey Chambers. Homeland Security?

Do you have any financial investments or financial ties that may limit your ability to cover specific topics free of conflict, and if so, what are the topics?
Are We The Waiting? – Green Day. I'm asking ask the questions here.

Although we don't regulate the activities of spouses, partners or immediate family members of our contributors, do any of their professional or personal involvements or any of their financial investments or ties make certain topics inappropriate for you, and if so, what are the topics?
I’m A Believer – The Monkees. Fortunately, the Times rarely covers religion.

Have you accepted any free trips, junkets or press trips in the last two years? Have you accepted any substantial free merchandise or discounts from people we might cover?
Get Happy – Benny Goodman. Thanks for your submission, Mr. Wilson. We'll be in touch.

Has anything you've written later resulted in a published editor's note or retraction for deliberate falsehood or plagiarism or become the subject of a lawsuit involving allegations of deliberate falsehood? (If yes,please include details about the publication and your role in the article or story. If a lawsuit, please describe the disposition of the case.)
I Wish I Was the Moon – Neko Case. No, we said falsehood or plagiarism, not poetic obscurantism.

[More Magic Shuffle. Also, Krukoff uses Magic Shuffle to interview Frank Portman, lead singer of the awesome Mr. T Experience and newly-minted YA author.]

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