The hardreading staff is taking a break from the Globe/Herald bakeoff for the gala opening of up our Credit-Where-Credit’s-Due bureau.
Today’s Boston Globe features this story in the Metro section:
Harvard’s student Voice apologizes for remarks
Magazine posting stereotyped Asians
A magazine published by students at Harvard College has issued an apology for controversial remarks about students of Asian descent that appeared on the publication’s website over the weekend.
The material first appeared on the blog of the Harvard Voice in a posting entitled, “5 People You’ll See at Pre-Interview Receptions,” which poked fun at the “well-suited career men and women” seeking to land jobs at prestigious firms.
The author at one point described “the Asian contingent at every pre-interview reception.”
“They dress in the same way (satin blouse with high waisted pencil skirt for girls, suits with skinny ties for boys), talk in the same sort-of gushy, sort-of whiny manner, and have the same concentrations and sky-high GPAs,” the author wrote. “They’re practically indistinguishable from one another, but it’s OK.”
The posting, on the other hand, was not OK.
The magazine later deleted the passage from the anonymous posting and added an apology for the “inappropriate content,” but the excerpt was reposted in a story about the incident on the website of The Harvard Crimson, the student news paper.
The Crimson had the story Sunday and BostInno had it yesterday, complete with a recap of the past year’s College Newspaper Follies – from the Suffolk Journal forgetting to delete an expletive in a headline to the BU Daily Free Press’s deeply unfunny April Fool’s edition to the UMass-Lowell Connector’s profanity-laced end-of-the-year spoof.
So here’s what hardwondering staff wants to know: Since BostInno beat the Globe to the story (yes, the Crimson beat both), should the Globe have credited BostInno as well? Or is citing the original source enough?
In a rare moment of sincerity, we’d really like to know what you think.