Ryan Sager is a sharp guy who calls things as he sees them. However, his comments on a recent article in The New Republic by Eve Fairbanks at the RCP blog have done her a gross injustice.
In the interests of full disclosure, I was one of those she met for that article. It was a nice time, and I found her to be a very charming and wonderful person. Given the time that elapsed, I am not upset about any minor inconsistencies. I don't remember every single small detail about the date, myself.
As for the lack of disclosure that an article was in the works - I don't hold it against her, she had been given an assignment, and from the beginning it was clear she worked for The New Republic. If anyone is to be blamed for this situation, it is the editors who gave her the assignment. Quite frankly, though, if she hadn't received the assignment, would I have met a very wonderful and charming person? I doubt it. So, I really can't be that upset with them, either.
I only have one regret - that I have not been able to keep touch with her. I hope that someday, she and I can meet in circumstances that will allow us to keep in touch. I certainly hope she is doing well, and I wish her the best. I believe Mr. Sager has been grossly unfair to her with his comparison to Stephen Glass, and I take exception to that.