For all we know, Slate's Dan Gross is a totally a nice guy. So we're going to stop picking on him. But not yet.
Just now, while reviewing those Treasury Secretary articles on Slate's Moneybox, we noticed that each article has a "Related in Slate" section. The Related section for Gross's original "No Wall Street A-Lister to Treasury" article had a snarky little aside pointing out that Gross's record predicting things wasn't exactly sterling.
Last week, John Dickerson wondered whether Josh Bolten would change anything at the Bush White House; in November 2004, Daniel Gross dissected John Snow's strong-dollar statements. Last fall, Gross inaccurately predicted that Bush would name Glenn Hubbard to succeed Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve. In March, Gross pointed out that Morgan Stanley's John Mack is one of the CEOs who receives income tax gross-ups.
The "Related in Slate" section for Gross's latest article is a kinder, gentler version.
In April, Daniel Gross wrote about John Snow's potential successors, and John Dickerson wondered whether Goldman Sachs alumnus Josh Bolten would change anything at the White House. In November 2004, Gross critiqued Snow's strong-dollar statements. In January 2002, Tim Noah took Robert Rubin to task for discussing Enron's travails with a treasury department official.
Maybe the interns (who presumably write those things) just felt bad for Gross.