OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 :::

Humorless at the TD

That the Richmond Times-Dispatch is a staid publication is beyond question. The editorial pages, in particular, are often devoted to the cerebral pleasures of opera. Dignified. Stuffy. Dull -- that's the TD. Now we can add humorless to the list as well.

Or perhaps their sense of irony is really far deeper than anyone realizes. After all, they do manage to keep Jeff Schapiro on the payroll...and he's always good for a laugh.

But not in a good way.

A far more interesting matter the editorial pecksniffs to address is the role Del. Armstrong played in this mess, and his own history with crass "humor." There's a story here, if they are willing to look for it. But I suspect the TD is more interested in "Carmen" than they are in good copy.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 5/10/2006 0 comments


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