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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 10:25 am
It Depends on What Your Definition of “Cabal” Is
Posted by: Keir Graff

The HarperCollins vs. Regan bout is clearly going to go all 15 rounds.¬†Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg at the Wall Street Journal¬†quotes Judith Regan’s lawer, Bert Fields, and a spokesman for News Corp., Andrew Butcher, each offering different versions of Regan’s alleged anti-Semitic statements:

In the next breath, Mr. Butcher said, Ms. Regan said that literary agent Esther Newberg and HarperCollins employees David Hirshey, Jane Friedman, and Mr. Jackson constitute “a Jewish cabal. All of you people are conspiring against me.”

Mr. Fields said his client didn’t use the words “Jewish cabal” in the conversation. “She said there was a cabal, not a Jewish cabal,” he said.

The source of HarperCollins’ version, attorney Mark Jackson, was said to have been taking notes during the conversation. But without a smoking MP3, it’s hard to imagine there will be any satisfactory resolution.

At first this story was kind of fun. Now it’s just depressing. But at least we can go back to ignoring O. J. Simpson.

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