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Re: “A Bloody Process

Why would The Gambit choose to erase my comment (see below) on Dubos' "A Bloody Process" from its website? If the editors are truly that afraid of criticism, why include a "comments" function at all on the website. But perhaps this was just a technical issue? I post again:

DuBos seems to offer an insider's perspective of the blocked SUNO-UNO merger proposal, but this account seriously misleads in that it reduces a crucial constellation of forces to a snide rebuke to the Governor -- with results the Gambit publisher clearly regrets. Most dangerous here is the way DuBos downplays the role of determined resistance to the proposal. In a rhetorical sense, his account disempowers the Black Caucus, SUNO and others (including many at UNO) who opposed the move on very valid grounds -- which DuBos also failed to consider in his breathless earlier endorsement of the merger as a "bold" (reckless?) measure. Overall, the paper's lack of substantial coverage of the merger's potential racial, economic and educational impact is difficult to understand, given the the weekly's supposed demographic appeal to younger urbanites, including students. The Gambit's credibility as an alternative city newspaper with real reporting chops has been deeply undermined by its inability to get inside and stay with this story.

Posted by rorleans on 05/25/2011 at 6:06 PM

Re: “A bloody process

DuBos seems to offer an insider's perspective of the blocked SUNO-UNO merger proposal, but this account seriously misleads in that it reduces a crucial constellation of forces to a snide rebuke to the Governor -- with results the Gambit publisher clearly regrets. Most dangerous here is the way DuBos downplays the role of determined resistance to the proposal. In a rhetorical sense, his account disempowers the Black Caucus, SUNO and others (including many at UNO) who opposed the move on very valid grounds -- which DuBos also failed to consider in his breathless earlier endorsement of the merger as a "bold" (reckless?) measure. Overall, the paper's lack of substantial coverage of the merger's potential racial, economic and educational impact is difficult to understand, given the the weekly's supposed demographic appeal to younger urbanites, including students. The Gambit's credibility as an alternative city newspaper with real reporting chops has been deeply undermined by its inability to get inside and stay with this story.

Posted by rorleans on 05/22/2011 at 10:02 AM

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