Quid Pro Coup

The 'Times' Condones Censorship, Venezuelan Style

As previously reported in this column, Allen, who is African American, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year. The main culprit, according to the complaint, was editor in chief Ed Kosner, who rejected Allen's story ideas, promoted white reporters at his expense, and transferred him back to the Brooklyn bureau where he had started his News career years before.

At the time, Kosner told the Voice he was innocent and that during his 40-year career, "Never has anyone personally accused me of racism."

"The complaint has been withdrawn and the case has been settled," said Daily News spokesman Ken Frydman. "Both parties are very happy with the resolution."

Allen declined to comment.


Blind Item

The New York Post continues its cowardly practice of allowing powerful subjects to complain in print about stories they didn't like—without naming or getting a response from the offending reporters.

On April 28, the Post gave Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein his own two-page spread, complete with byline and head shot, to deny rumors that he and director Martin Scorsese had sparred over the making of Gangs of New York.

Possible unnamed culprits include a Times story by Laura Holson last month and a December 2001 New York magazine story by David Carr. Page Six picked up the best dirt from the New York story—which prompted Weinstein's first offer to become a "guest columnist" for the Post.


ccotts@villagevoice.com

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