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Bad Moments in Photo Selection

"Top Candidate for a Post at Europe's Central Bank Is a Woman" is the headline the Times business section runs over an article by Jack Ewing, the male Times reporter last seen airbrushing the Faber-Castell company's World War II history.

Leaving aside the totally pertinent question of whether Sabine Lautenschlager's gender is the most newsorthy thing about her, one has to wonder about the decision to illustrate an article with that headline with a photograph of three men. The Times Web site does have a photo of her, if you are curious.


Pencil Count

There was something off about the front-of-the-business section profile of the Farber-Castell pencil company and its chief executive, Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell, that ran in the Times this week.

For one thing, while the article went into the German company's history in some detail — "Faber-Castell was founded by Kasper Faber, a carpenter's apprentice. His great-grandson Lothar Faber was given noble status in 1861 by King Maximilian II of Bavaria after building the company into the world's dominant pencil maker. Later generations intermarried with the aristocratic Castell clan, creating the Faber-Castell name" — it omitted any mention of the company's history during World War II. From an article in the Telegraph earlier this year:


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