Tuesday, August 29, 2006


I'm not talking about baseball. I'm talking about the senseless Cincinnati cheerleading that substitutes for news judgment at the Enquirer. Today's story about the Cincinnati Art Museum hiring a new director begins like this:
"Aaron Betsky has an international resume, is a fan of the Cincinnati Reds and the architecture on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, and has a taste for Cincinnati chili."
Why is it so important to know, up front, that this guy likes the Reds and like chili? Is that some important litmus test of anyone's ability to lead an arts organization? No, but it's what makes the shitheads who run the Enquirer happy. This hiring is important, no doubt, but the treatment of it is weak, and the story barely mentions the challenges facing the museum.


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