Monday, August 25, 2014
'NYT' and 'No Angel'
In a mini-profile of Michael Brown today on the morning of his funeral in Ferguson the NYT referred to him as "no angel," an odd turn of phrase especially since the evidence of wrongdoing was pretty thin. It became lamented and mocked in the Twitterverse quickly and often. Now the paper's public editor has weighed in. Margaret Sullivan calls it: "That choice of words was a regrettable mistake." Even the reporter, John Eligon, a youngish black man, admits it: "I wish I would have changed that But the phrase." Sullivan then calls it "a blunder." But when I checked just now, the phrase remains.
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