Dear Ms. Stoll
Thank you very much for forwarding me the letter of Summer Rayne Oakes. I appreciate your very detailed feedback on Christoph Zuerchers article.
May I first emphasise that a fair and accurate reporting is the standard at "NZZ am Sonntag" and we don't publish articles made up - as you put it - by the authors. All my journalists know this and follow these rules. Therefore I was surprised by your claim that Mr. Zuercher didn't even bother to take notes during the interview. Upon my request he has shown me his booklet with notes and words which definitely have been the basis of his article.
First paragraph: You claim the first paragraph is completly made up. But by carefully reading this paragraph it is obvious that Mr. Zuercher didn't claim this episode happend during his visit.
Fifth paragraph: That you talked about a fotoshooting during the interview is supported by the word "Bloomberg" and "shooting" in his booklet. Probabely this was a misunderstanding?
Sixth paragraph: If you have not heard the reference to Paris Hilton before it's not a proof that this refrence never happened since you can't know everything what has been said about you.
Seventh paragraph: "sexiness" is one of the first words popping up on your website.
Eigth paragraph: This definitely is a mistake Mr. Zuercher made. In his booklet he showed me the word "Cornell". He does apologize for this error.
Ninth paragraph: Mr. Zuercher can't recall where he got this information. It was probabely on the internet. In this case he should have put the source in his article as it is the rule for this paper.
Tenth paragraph: If it's marble then Mr. Zuercher made a mistake.
It is obvious that by claiming about half of the article is made up by Mr. Zuercher you are exaggerating quite a bit. Unfortunately Mr. Zuercher has made some mistakes for which I have admonished him and for which I apologize. But everybody does make mistakes as for example your letter shows: My name is Müller (or Mueller in English) but not Mulder as you have written. At least Mr. Zuercher did spell your name correctly which is a very basic thing in human interaction.
Dr. Felix E. Mueller Editor-in-chief
On February 15th, Al Gore announced Live Earth, an event featuring concerts on all seven continents to raise awareness of climate change. The July 7th concerts feature a "Who's Who" of talent, and tickets are sure to be selling fast -- the show at London's Wembley Stadium has already sold out.
We want you to be there for this historic event, and so we're teaming up with MSN to give away five pairs of tickets, along with air travel and lodging. MSN and Treehugger's "Green Theatre" contest challenges you to (you guessed it) make a 1-2 minute video in which you answer the question “What are you doing in your own backyard to help fight climate change?”
With Live Earth just over a month away, you won't have any time to waste: you can submit your video through Soapbox at MSN Video beginning today. The deadline for submissions is June 23. Once the submission period has closed, voting will open up, and users will choose the Top 10 videos. Those ten will then go to a panel of celebrity judges, and they will determine the five winners. Judges include:
Daryl Hannah, Actress & Environmental Advocate
Dr. David Suzuki, Scientist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster
George Spyros, Environmental Media Maker
Hunter Lovins, Founder, Natural Capital, Inc.
Josh Lucas, Actor & Environmentalist
Judith Helfand, Documentary Filmmaker, Everything’s Cool
Q’Orianka Kilcher, Actress & Environmentalist
Rachel McAdams, Actress & Environmentalist
Simran Sethi, Environmental Journalist
Summer Rayne Oakes, Model & Environmentalist
Woody Harrelson, Actor & Environmentalist
When making their choices, the judges will evaluate the videos based on relevance of contribution to the environment (70%), creativity of presentation (20%), and appropriateness to theme (10%). In addition to tickets, accommodations, and travel, winners will also receive $300 in spending money. Official rules are available at the contest's site.
Get your cameras warmed up -- it's time to get them rolling! In just a few weeks, you and a guest could be a part of the historic Live Earth concerts. Need ideas? Check out the videos submitted to our Convenient Truths contest. And, of course, Treehugger's chock full of tips for lightening your carbon footprint.
"Eco fashion" has definitely become the buzzword of the moment.
Within the last month alone, my office has received calls from over a half-dozen trade shows and runway organizers seeking to green their events. Apparel companies and clients feverishly searching for organic clothing sources are also becoming quite common. The press seems to be foaming at the mouth for new material too, which is always a good sign; but, in the U.S. at least, we have yet to graduate beyond the "green" theme. This week I'll be speaking to a U.K.-based women's glossy on "ethical fashion," a term I hear used far more frequently in Europe...
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