Lauren read about a story today on Suburban Bliss that really affected both of us when we read it. The New York Times published a sensational essay entitled "The New Nanny Diaries Are Online" by Helaine Olen, who with her husband employed a young blogging future academic as their nanny, and fired her when they became uncomfortable with her writing. The essay, which is worth reading if you enjoy unintentional self-caricature (and who doesn't?), describes the author's dawning realization of her employee's life outside their family and subsequent dismissal for contrived reasons.
I love the New York Times. It is really the best newspaper in America, which makes the publication of this essay all the more disappointing. This article is simply not fit for print. It isn't news and it isn't even factual, if you believe the nanny's excellent rebuttal, which you must read. All it did was serve to devalue another person and their personal thoughts for the self-serving, and ultimately ridiculous, purposes of the of the author. Shame on them.