Then read the inevitable retraction here:
Then read this graf here, the one that got deleted, never to return:
“Don’t Be Scared
The only rule to living here is to find where to go and not to go. The places I am going to take you on a tour through will label me as “bougie” by Oakland standards, but I don’t think there is anything elitist about coming home in one piece. So stay out of East Oakland and West Oakland. That doesn’t sound like it leaves much, but it does. Trust me, my friends have been violently mugged in East Oakland and had the same house robbed three times in West Oakland. But be my guest if you want to go to either for ‘cool points.’”
Oh, here it is:
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If KQED wants to do this kind of stuff, it should label the post as an editorial or as a reader contribution or something like that. I’ll tell you, another big corporate website in town, carpet-bagging Gannett Co Inc’s west coast loss-maker,* The Bold Italic, similarly runs into trouble when it runs similar kinds of posts.
I’m saying that this kind of post, presented the way it was, damages the KQED brand.
Could KQED Forum do a radio call in show about this incident for a full hour? Heck yes.
That’s certainly an option, KQED people.
*Millions and millions of dollars all told.
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