TITLE

Damned Yankees

AUTHOR(S)
Ackerman, Spencer
PUB. DATE
November 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;11/10/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 19, p38
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author comments on the antipathy of the New York Times newspaper towards the New York Yankees baseball team. After New York Yankees third baseman Aaron Boone hit one of the most memorable home runs in the storied history of the franchise, the editors of the New York Post made an embarrassing mistake. The Post's printers accidentally received an editorial written for publication in the event of a Yankee loss to the Boston Red Sox in this year's American League Championship Series. The New York Times, a perennial target of the conservative Post, highlighted the error under the smug headline "Memo to the post's editorial page: it isn't over till it's over." That was a brazen move on the part of the Times. The Times had deliberately published an editorial ten days earlier rooting against the home team in favor of its most hated rival. I understand that the Times is a national newspaper and has aggressively cultivated a readership outside of the tri-state area, where Yankee hatred is practically a religion. But, if the Times' newfound enthusiasm for the Red Sox was simply a craven pander, expect it to backfire. I suspect the paper's antipathy to the Yankees is due to the Yanks being rich and powerful. The Times, with its tradition of skepticism toward money and power, is naturally repulsed.
ACCESSION #
11264268

 

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