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December 08, 2014

Sleuths Dig Into Sabrina Rubin Erdley's Previous Exposes, And Are Totally Delighted

"yes this happened"

Update: In 2004, Sabrina Rubin Erdley wrote about her former classmate and coworker at the Daily Pennsylvian (Penn's student newspaper), one Steven Glass.

His friends can’t help but want to protect him. Which helps explain why Glass’s deceptions aren’t caught sooner; his peers simply want to believe him too badly.

That might have been the case at The Daily Pennsylvanian, as well. Looking back, some of us have questioned the veracity of one particular Glass article, in which he followed a group of homeless men around for a day, taking notes as they drank Thunderbird, fought, procured prostitutes, and smoked crack. "Johnnie is the leader of his 'posse,' a club of several dozen homeless people that has its own intricate rules and traditions," it read. "All members of the club identify their allegiance by donning an American Heart Association button and a Zenith Data Systems painter's cap." The reporting felt almost too good to be true. At the time, it seemed like proof of Glass's know-how. Now we wonder if it might have been our first glimpse of the fabulist he'd soon become.



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