newspaper has lost all credibility as a source of credible
local news after the hatchet job of an article you printed
in your last issue [Listen Here, May 6]. You should have called
it “Adieu, Journalistic Integrity” instead of “Adieu Venue.”
Pretending that Kathryn Lurie could somehow be considered
objective enough to properly give perspective to this issue
is ludicrous. This article was flawed both ethically and logically.
She is one of the employees who was fired by Dave Serrao in
the shake-up at the Larkin—a restaurant that has been hemhorraging
cash for the past few years. Sure, the Lark Street scene is
losing a top-notch music venue but who’s to say that Mr. Serrao
won’t actually improve the venue at the Larkin? The only endorsement
Ms. Lurie provides for the great loss that the closure of
this venue brings is from fellow fired employees and Metroland’s
endorsements from the annual “Best Of” issues. This article
should have been printed under a title that should have made
clear that this was an opinion of someone that was actually
involved in the situation. This “newspaper” has lost any shred
of credibility it might have once possessed in the eyes of
many people who know this situation more intimately than the
casual reader. That is, any credibility that might be left
after the juvenile style of writing that has plagued this
paper in recent years. Any high school newspaper can put out
similar quality, and do it without selling ads to prostitutes.
I realize that you probably won’t print this letter, but rest
assured, people will see it.
Although the above letter implies otherwise, disclosure of
Kathryn Lurie’s former employment with the Larkin was published
with the story.
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