Fact pieces had to be approved by the Fact editor and/or Ross or later Shawn. Topics, or persons in the case of Profiles, were "reserved" by writers, or for writers by editors. After the writer wrote the first draft he or she collaborated with an editor (by letter or more often in person) in line-by-line revision. For Fiction no reservations were made; stories were considered only on submission; they were read by several editors and then a vote on acceptance was taken.
Proofs of edited stories went to the editor, copy editor, and fact-checking department. The editor reviewed all the corrections made on the proofs with the author by phone, mail, or in person. New Yorker editors were famous for "suggesting" changes; while editors were always tactful, never adversarial, writers were aware that refusing certain suggestions might mean his or her story would not appear in the magazine.That was then, this is now (Jeffrey Toobin, who also was a 'legal expert' appearing every night during the trial on CNN) in a piece in the magazine titled, The Facts in the Zimmerman Trial;
On the night of February 26, 2012, [George] Zimmerman was patrolling the Retreat at Twin Lakes, a town-house development in Sanford, Florida.
The range of his observations suggests that he was outside, but he also says that it’s raining. Since you can’t hear any rain on the call, it might mean that he’s still inside the vehicle.
(A sound that might be a door chime raises the possibility that he got out of the car during the call.)
The fact of the call alone presents different avenues for interpretation. Zimmerman was conducting a neighborhood watch. Does that mean he was a frustrated, wannabe cop? Or does that mean he was a good citizen trying to help a community that was beset by break-ins?As we've already seen, Zimmerman was on his way to the store, not 'conducting a neighborhood watch'. He explains to a dispatcher that he's seen a suspicious character--Sanford police officer Doris Singleton later tells Zimmerman that he'd done the right thing in calling it in, because that's the recommendation of the police to neighborhood watch volunteers.
....Almost immediately, the dispatcher asks (Zimmerman does not volunteer the information) the subject’s race, and Zimmerman answers, “Black.”
0:25 Dispatcher: OK. And this guy, is he white, black or Hispanic?
0:29 Zimmerman: He looks black.
We’ll probably never know with absolute certainty what happened during those four (or so) critical minutes. But how people see the evidence of what happened—then and elsewhere, in this case and others—probably says more about them than about the evidence itself.It sure does. It also tells us a lot about how the New Yorker is run these days.