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Lost In NYC, Really?

Hannah Upp, Photo: NY Times

Hannah Upp, Photo: NY Times

While reading the NY Times story this past weekend about Emily Upp, the young schoolteacher who last year disappeared for a few weeks before turning up in the water off the Manhattan coast, I couldn’t help but think: “She doesn’t remember anything about walking into an Apple store to check her e-mail, having a convo with a classmate or swimming in the Hudson? Yeah, okay.” Seems like the folks over in NY Mag’s Daily Intel were equally skeptical.

Not that it isn’t possible she’s telling the truth—strange, WTF inducing happenings are what NYC is all about, imo—or that it was shoddy reporting (Maybe the latter because as Intel points out there were a lack of secondary quotes. But it’s a safe bet that the NY Times did their due diligence and at least tried.)

I will note the elephant in the room, though. Would this story have gotten as much press if say, Ms. Upp was a missing, young African-American woman? Or, would the plotholes in her story be as glossed over as they seem in her case? I really doubt it.

March 2, 2009 - Posted by | News, Uncategorized | , ,

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