Monday, December 3, 2007

They left out Evita

I have mentioned my zero-tolerance policy for gratuitous references to the tango in foreign press coverage of Argentina.

This New York Times article on gay tourism in Buenos Aires manages to squeeze in references to both the tango AND beef in the lede, and then wraps up with a quote about Cher and Madonna. No, I don't have a policy against mentioning them in press coverage of Argentina, but it's pretty unoriginal to finish an article about gays with a quote about Cher and Madonna.

It's also a little baffling that an article about tourists doesn't quote any tourists.

I should say that I worked in a newsroom for five years, so I know how easy it is to criticize from the outside.

What? That's why I'm doing it.

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