In re: The matter of the LA Times's Tim Rutten vs. Mark Salter, the newspaper has ruled for Salter:
FOR THE RECORD:
Political novel: Tim Rutten's Feb. 2 Op-Ed column about Simon & Schuster's promotion of the political novel "O" cited two passages it said were from the book, saying they demonstrated the author's partisanship. Neither passage actually appeared in the book. They were both taken from a parody that appeared on the website of the British newspaper the Guardian.
Lesson: When lecturing a publisher and an author on professional ethics, try to actually quote from the work in question, rather than lifting fake quotes from an Internet parody.