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October 25, 2005

The Source Mag and the Colin Powell Principle

While the church thing makes for good blog fodder, what I find more damaging to Dasun Allah's credibility is his defense of the Source's (flimsy excuse for a) smear job on the G Unit crew:

The Source’s newly crowned editor-in-chief, Dasun Allah refuted claims that personal matters had anything to do with the publication of the article. He said in an interview with one outlet, "We are functioning as what a journalistic structure and organization is supposed to do... We are supposed to be the watchdogs of the industries in our culture that exploit and live from our culture—as has been the traditional role of the press."

It's always a shame when reputable figures align themselves with such a disreputable crew. Because if you hang with that crew too long, you eventually find yourself parroting cheap lies and mouthing words the world knows you're too smart for, in a vain attempt to prove your loyalty to a team that never deserved it. Call it the Colin Powell Principle.

Especially frustrating in this case because The Source still has lots of good people working for it, and even in this issue had solid reportage on Katrina and other topics. But as long as Benzino and Mays are carrying on their shenanigans, and staff continue to co-sign it all, the whole enterprise is tainted. I hope that circle is broken one day, and not by the mag going out of business.

Posted by jsmooth995 at October 25, 2005 7:16 PM

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