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A CYNICAL LOOK AT THE DAILY GRIND

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

CROSSING THE (WHITE) LINE

A Washington Post writer is apologizing for calling District of Columbia Council member and former mayor Marion Barry a "crack addict" in an e-mail to Barry's aide.

Tim Page, a Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic, wrote the e-mail after receiving a news release on Barry's views of the financially troubled Greater Southeast Community Hospital.


In the e-mail, Page wrote, "Must we hear about it every time this crack addict attempts to rehabilitate himself with some new ... and typically half-witted ... political grandstanding? I'd be grateful if you would take me off your mailing list. I cannot think of anything the useless Marion Barry could do that would interest me in the slightest, up to and including overdose."

Page said he had been cursed by a Barry staffer when he tried to have his name removed from the council's mailing list before he fired off the e-mail.

Executive Editor of the Post, Leonard Downie Jr., called Page's e-mail "a terrible mistake," and said internal actions were being taken, although he wouldn't say what.

Barry called for the firing of the critic who plans to take a previously scheduled four-month leave starting Jan. 1.

Good timing.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

no comment... we all agree with page

Wed Nov 14, 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Where's the defamation of character? He is/was a convicted crack addict. The biggest crime is that he is permitted to hold any public office again! Why is this being made a racial issue? He was caught in an undercover drug sting operation and just happens to be Black.

Thu Nov 15, 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike Licht said...

Have you seen the work of the Barry Communication Director Mr. Page was dealing with?

Thu Nov 15, 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Pete said...

I thought Marion Barry was dead.
Well,I guess his death was merely a political one.

He once was a crack addict...He is now a recovering crack addict.
Mr. Page's apparent social faux paus was merely not including the word,"recovering".

In the final analysis...who really cares?

Thu Nov 15, 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Pete said...

I thought Marion Barry was dead.
Well,I guess his death was merely a political one.

He once was a crack addict...He is now a recovering crack addict.
Mr. Page's apparent social faux paus was merely not including the word,"recovering".

In the final analysis...who really cares?

Thu Nov 15, 11:41:00 AM  

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