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Sherwood: “Now Is Not The Time” For New Hampshire Trip

Yesterday Mike Madden said that the D.C. Council's trip to New Hampshire was ill-timed. Instead of taking advantage of the hundreds of reporters up there for yesterday's Republican primary, they've opted not to send anyone until tomorrow when the New Hampshire legislature votes.

NBC4's Tom Sherwood, on the other hand, thinks the whole visit is a bad idea:

The Live Free or Die state has been supportive in the past, but with the Thomas embarrassment — and two criminal investigations, of campaigns run by Mayor Gray and Chairman Brown, still going on — we hardly think it’s time to go democracy shopping.

We are the first to attack folks who decry wrongdoing in local Washington as an excuse to oppose congressional voting rights or even the right to govern ourselves. Those critics never seem to ask Illinois to give up governing despite its two former governors in jail now.

It just seems now is not the time for this trip.

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Comments

  1. #1

    I agree with Tom Sherwood. D.C. local elected officials are seen negatively in the eyes on most whites in America and by some blacks. I've read many of the blogs in major U.S. newspapers like the Washington Post and I've read some of the most racist comments made by whites regarding Harry Thomas, Jr., Kwame 'Full Loaded' Brown, and Vincent Gray.

  2. #2

    You can add the Washington Times, New York Daily News, and New York Times to the list of blogs.

  3. #3

    Don't forget WJLA's commentors, Ken. And your first sentence is a bit disingenuous from a guy wishing death on CM Barry!

  4. #4

    Keith B., what are you talking about? Are you off your meds? I have not mentioned Marion Barry in this article. Please stay focused and on topic.

  5. #5

    You can add this paper and blog site to your list..

    WCP's masthead clearly does not reflect a workplace of racial diversity perhaps that is one reason they often make discount DC related issues or look for the Black Boogey Man tales....

    But that is nothing new of course white liberal and conservative media outlet's all have a legacy of token Black staff or none at all. The shelflife of discounting Black themes includes the practices of media outlets..It takes a village right to hold down a people...lol,lol,lol

    I have argued one approach to changing the contempt WCP's has for it's Black readership is to change the complexion of those on it's masthead..

  6. #6

    Greg, I beg to differ. The Washington City Paper allows people to say how they truly feel in their heart and use certain words without deleted your comment. Yes, there are racist comments on here, but I prefer to let people say howw they truly feel in their hurt. I am sick of political correctness.

    The Washington City Paper rocks!! I love there blogs and all the people on here, whether I agree with them or not.

  7. #7

    @Greg, I think Shani Hilton is a black staff member at the WCP.

  8. #8

    @Southeast Ken,

    Thanks for confirming my point about token Black staffers ...Of course I bet she is the designated 'race topic' expert or Black subject matter resource..One other note often white media outlets seek out Black immigrants instead of native born Black folks this race profiling is also present in many fortune 500 venues as well..

    Quite often not only do you get margainal Black presence and workers at white alternative rags like WCP and others but often Black journalist get teathered to 'race topics"

    I do share your views about pc... I like candid and authentic opinions..

  9. #9

    @SE Ken/Greg: Yes, I am black. And I guess I could be called a token but considering how small our editorial staff is I don't think that's quite accurate. I also write most of the blog posts on City Desk.

    Of course I bet she is the designated 'race topic' expert or Black subject matter resource..One other note often white media outlets seek out Black immigrants instead of native born Black folks this race profiling is also present in many fortune 500 venues as well..

    Let's see, since last Thursday "she" has written 18 blog posts on City Desk (including the one you're commenting on, which isn't about race). 1 was explicitly about race and 2 could arguably be considered to be about race.

    Which black/D.C. related stories would you like to see more of? (And you can e-mail me tips as well: shilton@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  10. #10

    @Greg: (Also, my mom is Jamaican, but don't hold that against me.)

  11. #11

    @Shani, I am leaving Greg's comments alone. I will let him put his foot in his own mouth. LOL

    Your mother being West Indian doesn't mean she's not black or of African ancestry. I definitely don't hold that against you. LOL

    However, I enjoy reading what Greg has to say on his mind.

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