THE N-WORD AND THE METRO. I'll be humping on the CBS report for the next couple of days. But I just got word of an astounding, sickening story about Metro International, the parent company of Boston's Metro.
Last week the New York Times Company bought a 49 percent share of the local Metro for $16.5 million. The Times Company-owned Boston Globe will partner with the Metro on content, advertising, and promotion. Boston Herald publisher Pat Purcell announced he will fight the deal on antitrust grounds.
Today Rory O'Connor reports on a pervasive culture of racism and sexism at Metro International so rancid that top executives apparently think nothing of telling foul jokes peppered with the N-word at company get-togethers.
I'm not picking this up from some unvetted corner of the Internet. O'Connor's article is online at MediaChannel.org, a respected website. I know both O'Connor and his principal source, John Wilpers, who's a former editor of Boston's Metro and who tells O'Connor he was an eyewitness.
O'Connor reports that Times Company spokeswoman Catherine Mathis would not put him through to company chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. or to Globe publisher Richard Gilman. But I have no doubt that both men will be revolted to learn what their new business partners have been up to. They should respond. Immediately. [Update: And so they have. Click here.]