Department of 'No Good Deed Goes Unpunished'
I'm a great admirer of the work of Kurt Eichenwald, so I'm devastated by the way his name is being dragged through the mud over his $2000 payment to a kid he wrote about.
Eichenwald acknowledges he'd "gone off the deep end" in writing out the check, and that's true. It was an incredibly dumb thing to do. (And I do mean dumb, if his check funded the kid's porn site as is been suggested.)
I originally ended this item by saying "I hope the media coverage of this goof doesn't reach Bartiromo-like proportions." I still do, but that last link raises a serious question that needs to be resolved, if there is any truth to it.
UPDATE: Kurt Eichenwald makes very clear there is no truth to much of what has been written about him, and he's justifiably teed off. See this letter on the Romenesko website.
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