By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
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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!"
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 Postpublished 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 Timesand Daily Newsdeclined the offeras Joyce Purnick noted, without naming names, in her Timescolumn the next day.