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Monday, January 10, 2005
THE N-WORD AND THE
METRO. I'll be humping on the
CBS report for the next
couple of days. But I just got word of an astounding, sickening story
about Metro International, the parent company of Boston's
Last week the New York Times
Company bought a
49 percent share of the
local Metro for $16.5 million. The Times Company-owned
Boston Globe will partner with the Metro on content,
advertising, and promotion. Boston Herald publisher Pat
Purcell announced he will fight the deal on antitrust
Today Rory O'Connor reports on
pervasive culture of racism and
sexism at Metro
International so rancid that top executives apparently think nothing
of telling foul jokes peppered with the N-word at company
I'm not picking this up from some
unvetted corner of the Internet. O'Connor's article is online at
a respected website. I know both O'Connor and his principal source,
John Wilpers, who's a former editor of Boston's Metro and who
tells O'Connor he was an eyewitness.
O'Connor reports that Times Company
spokeswoman Catherine Mathis would not put him through to company
chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. or to Globe publisher Richard
Gilman. But I have no doubt that both men will be revolted to learn
what their new business partners have been up to. They should
respond. Immediately. [Update: And so they have. Click here.]
posted at 11:26 AM |
"But I have no doubt that both men will be revolted to learn what their new business partners have been up to."
This is boilerplate, right? Because I don't believe they don't know and don't believe they care one wit . . .
For Heaven's sakes, Anonymous, of COURSE it is boilerplate, a pretend exercise in offended sensibilities.
The whole point of the exercise is to do just that: pretend. Of course there is no shock or surprise. Blacks tell jokes about dopey whites (can't dance, can't satisfy their women, etc.) and whites to do the same. So what.
But by PRETENDING to be "shocked, SHOCKED!!!" like some modern day Mrs. Grundy, and by forcing the accused institution to make ritual obeisance, Leftie Media prove their power. The sillier and more transparent the outrage is, the more more obvious, more painful and more pathetic the obeisance is.
George Bush's brilliance lies in ignoring them, knowing that they will go away.
Leftie Media were "shocked, SHOCKED" that the US was doing nothing for our brown-skinned brothers after the tsunami. Bush just ignored them and they went away. Leftie Media were "shocked, SHOCKED" about the 4-year-old TexANG documents. Bush ignored them, and they went away.
Unfortunately, the NYT cannot ignore leftist bloggers, since they themselves believe in the obeisance and prostration ritual, along with the obligatory political re-education by sensitivity trainers. So they have to go along with the show. It is interesting watching the Left feed on itself, though.
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Dan Kennedy is senior writer and media critic for the Boston Phoenix.