The New York Post didn’t manage to work in the late-breaking news that George Carlin died yesterday, but they inadvertently paid tribute to the legendary comedian by putting one of the seven dirty words on the front page. Granted, it’s in the character-laden “we didn’t really swear” form, but it’s still there.
And what exactly is the banner head for the Post today? It’s a reference to new Mets manager Jerry Manuel’s comment that the team’s fans are “fertilizer” when they boo the team. The Post declares, “$#!T HITS THE FANS.” Even though the remarks were funny, creative, and most likely true, Manuel has been backpedaling on the comment since he made it, attempting to spin it as something positive. He said fertilizer was a “good thing” before the team played the Rockies.
“It’s a good thing. You get the greatest results — get the most beautiful plants — when you put it in that type of fertile soil. That’s what we have the opportunity to do.”
The comments stemmed from Mets fans booing relief pitcher Aaron Heilman, who current sports a 5.17 ERA and a 0-3 record for the season. It’s all pretty hypocritical. Reporters beg for decent quotes from sports figures, who usually spout nothing but clichés, and then when someone like Manuel does say something interesting, they then pounce on him for daring to have something to say.
The Daily News, meanwhile, has Carlin’s death on the front page. And rightfully so. TV critic David Hinckley writes a page-3 obit that recounts his career highlights and lowlights of the local son who grew up in Morningside Heights. Carlin will be remembered for his groundbreaking bit about “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television,” which sparked a Supreme Court decision on how to regulate broadcast indecency which still stands today. He was also the first host of Saturday Night Live and played the conductor on the children’s series Thomas the Tank Engine. He was to receive the Mark Twain prize for American humor this November at the Kennedy Center.