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Club Promoter Blacklisted by New Times?

Music criticism is a "subjective business," Barrs explains, in which "you cover whatever you think is worth covering." He says it's "dumb" to blacklist a club, because "the minute you did, they'd have someone you want to cover." But he wants Sterling to know that favoritism is verboten, too. "We're not going to get pressured into covering some stupid-ass act just because he wants us to."

To quote Sterling's e-mail: "Honey, you know I got a right to say anything I want any old time!"

French Kiss

In the aftermath of the June 11 Central Park "wilding," in which several women were sexually abused, City Hall fought city editors for control of the narrative. Issue number one was whether or not the cops assigned to patrol the parade that day had responded adequately when the attacks occurred in broad daylight.

The spin efforts peaked on June 14, when the New York Post published testimony from a French man "who praised the police who came to his wife's aid after the marauders threw her down and stripped her naked." If the man's praise sounded programmed ("We are really satisfied. . . . They tried to protect us"), it was. The previous day, City Hall had delivered its star witness to the press, on condition that reporters not ask certain questions and not reveal how they found him.

To their credit, The New York Times and Daily News declined the offer—as Joyce Purnick noted, without naming names, in her Times column the next day.

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