First Wendy said:
''From what you have here, I agree that the Times should have said "Cowan said," or "she claimed" or something along those lines. ''
But when asked to allow my comment on her blog she refused and said"
''I appreciate your passion but I am not going to post a comment of you quoting something I said to you. If I want to say that, I will say it myself. And I am not interested in saying it without a response from the Times. This is not a huge issue for me and I am not inclined to pursue it. To be honest, maybe you'd have better luck getting an answer from the Times yourself with fewer, better written emails. Your style is a little overwhelming even if your heart is in the right place. Personally, I had no trouble getting a response from the public editor regarding a question I had. Maybe you should try him. Best of luck.''
And then just before defriending me from her FB page she added:
''You're criticizing the Times for not doing sufficient reporting but you don't want to do your own reporting? Doesn't seem right to me. Thanks for getting in touch.''
ALL BECAUSE I TOLD SHE WAS AFRAID TO GET THE TIMES ANGRY AT HER AND AFRAID TO SPEAK HER MIND RE THE LAST LINE ON THE OBIT EVEN THOUGH SHE AGREED WITH ME.....SIGH......with friends like this, who needs enemies...? But I love her anyways. Wendy Brandes, a good egg and a luftmensch par excellence!
To her credit, she did say, before defriending me and therefore shutting off the conversation, which seems to be the way people communicate these days, shutting people off they don't agree with: ''If you get a quote from the Times, I would consider adding something to [my blog] post.''