Sam Chips in His Two Cents on the Columbia Journalism Review Taking the Hartwig Challenge

I’m going to leave Sam alone this time.¬†ūüėȬ†His blog entry today shows that passion for insurance that¬†makes reading¬†Sam’s blog enjoyable. Today¬†he is not happy with Dean Starkman’s CJR story we profiled here earlier this week.

Three thoughts: Sam is no shill, not even close. The big time insurance shills are Hartwig and Rossmiller. I agree with Bob Hunter here 100%.

This battle–“pitting journalist against journalist,” as CJR characterized it–was detailed in an July 8 onlne CJR column by Dean Starkman. As part of his “audit,” he solicited my take via e-mail, and we had a rather lively but polite exchange. He also spoke with Bob Hartwig to hear out his complaints about the facts supporting the story. Continue reading “Sam Chips in His Two Cents on the Columbia Journalism Review Taking the Hartwig Challenge”

The Columbia Journalism Review Takes the Robert Hartwig Challenge and finds the real Insurance Hoax

Thanks to my good friend Russell, I was again very pleasantly reminded of the Bloomberg¬†expos√©¬†on the insurance industry,¬†The Insurance Hoax¬†just won’t go away.

To catch everyone up, Bloomberg ran a major 2 part series on insurance claims practices last fall that the industry took severe exception. Robert Hartwig, Head Shill in Chief for the industry trade group III wrote a letter of indignation calling the report factually inaccurate to Bloomberg who stood by their reporting.

Sam Friedman also took exception when the report was named a finalist for a Deadline Club award labeling it a hatchet job. I counter balanced his letter of protest with my email in support of the piece but the Deadline Club passed on the Bloomberg piece.

Then just as the dust settled down the story won an award from the New York press club again raising Sam’s ire. I again could not resist chipping in my two cents worth. ūüėČ

I respect Sam’s opinion of course and believe he is a journalistic professional¬†of the highest caliber. He¬†also has a¬†passion about a subject in insurance most people find incredibly dull and through his enthusiasm that shows in his blogging helps make¬†important¬†trade issues understandable for interested lay people.

So just when we thought this excellent story was finally put to bed the Columbia Journalism Review took the Hartwig challenge and tested his assertions the story was factually inaccurate. The story gives a good history of the controversy, includes some comments from Sam, and finds the Bloomberg story was indeed accurate and good reporting.

A big Bloomberg News piece on insurance has unleashed the wrath of that industry, entangled New York‚Äôs Deadline Club in an awards dispute, and now pits journalist against journalist. Continue reading “The Columbia Journalism Review Takes the Robert Hartwig Challenge and finds the real Insurance Hoax”