Mr. Nocera made some serious factual errors in those columns,
particularly in the second one, in which he also took Mr. Buffett
to task, calling him “cowardly and hypocritical.”
After a complaint from Mr. Buffett, which I was sent a copy of,
corrections were appended to the columns, and published in print.
[…] But there’s a much bigger problem. The entire premise of the
second column is built on a mistake: that Mr. Buffett had changed
his tone after “licking his wounds” over the reaction to
statements he made on April 23, including Mr. Nocera’s criticism.
As Mr. Nocera told it in the second column, after several days of
this embarrassment passed, Mr. Buffett decided to “bite back” by
going on the offensive in a Fortune interview on April 28.
But that “remarkable interview” with Fortune — the so-called
biting back — actually took place the same day as the initial
statements, not after five days of wound-licking.
Typical Nocera hatchet job.