"If it's a memoir — or an appearance as a journalistic source — the material better be true," Rem Rieder wrote in his column about off-Broadway performer Mike Daisey.
I wonder how you would apply this maxim to President Barack Obama's memoirs using "composite" characters? I ask since his memoirs are both memoirs and have been extensively used as a source for journalists.
H. Michael Sarkisian
Rem Rieder replies: I don't like the composite approach at all. At least Obama disclosed his use of the device. I wouldn't be comfortable with using material from the book in reporting unless it was carefully characterized.###