Takes the Sting Out, Dunnit?
Last November, Texas Monthly's Mimi Swartz artfully deconstructed tort reform and its unimagined consequences in her November 2005 story "Hurt? Injured? Need a Laywer? Too Bad!" After Swartz's much-talked-about story appeared, the special interest group Texans for Lawsuit Reform published a 5,300-word memo that attempted to rebut Swartz's reporting, citing bias and a bevy of factual errors while childishly attacking the magazine's integrity. Swarz's editor for the piece, Paul Burka, replied in the next month's issue that his writer made a few minor errors that were not particularly germane to the theme of her piece. Now, we learn that Swartz deservedly has the last laugh: Her story is a 2006 National Magazine Award finalist in the Public Interest category. —Matt Pulle
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Observer's biggest stories.
- Talking Trump, Cruz and the Clintons With Former GOP Hit Man Roger Stone
Fri., Dec. 4, 7:30pm
Fri., Dec. 4, 8:00pm
Sat., Dec. 5, 12:00am
Sat., Dec. 5, 12:30pm
- Dallas Isn't Very Good at Fighting Blight
- Texas' Embarrassing House Science Chairman Is Investigating Climate Scientists