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April 13, 2006

The NY Post's Bill Hoffman on Proof's Death

Yes, I know pointing out shoddy NY Post articles is like complaining that water is wet. But even by their umm, "standards," this Bill Hoffman piece is a remarkable blend of heartlessness and cluelessness:


Red-hot rapper Proof - a close pal of Eminem - was executed in a Detroit nightclub early yesterday when a gunman blew his brains out during a heated argument...

...It was not immediately known what the argument was about or whether it was part of the ongoing East Coast-West Coast rap war that has claimed such hip-hop greats as the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur...

Okay I didn't go to journalism school.. perhaps there's a section I'm not aware of in the Columbia Style Guide, on the tasteful usage of "blew his brains out" in crime reportage? But I did graduate from 3rd grade, and one thing I learned there was how to find Detroit on a map. It wasn't on the East Coast. They also taught us what the word "ongoing" means, and I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean "ended about ten years ago."

(As noted by Hashim, Bill Hoffman can theoretically be reached at bill.hoffman@nypost.com, and I'll add that his, umm, "editors" are at letters@nypost.com and cshaw@nypost.com)

Posted by jsmooth995 at April 13, 2006 12:13 AM

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