Sidebar: Will the Real Dan Spitzer Please Stand Up?

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday June 04, 2009 - 07:12:00 AM

Responding in December 2007 to a critic who had questioned his journalistic credentials in the East Bay Express letters column, Spitzer called the critic lazy , then cited “the Google index in which my name is referenced 1,340,000 times.” Note that Spitzer said “in which my name is referenced,” not “in which I am referenced.” 

A recent check with the Internet indexing service turned up far fewer references to any of the three variants he has used to sign his name. “Daniel Spitzer” came up with 15,400 Google hits, “Daniel C. Spitzer” scored 85 hits and “Dan Spitzer” was listed 2,450 times. 

But most of the “Dan” and Daniel” hits referred to a New York physician who is the brother of Elliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York.