* The post has been corrected to reflect the correct age of The Wire and Gabriel Snyder’s role there. The Wire was four years old, not two and a half as written. Snyder was brought in the site’s editor in chief; he was not its founder. And one quote from a New York Observer story was originally misattributed to him when in fact it was the reporter’s words.

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Alexis Sobel Fitts is a senior writer at CJR. Follow her on Twitter at @fittsofalexis.