Thursday, December 20, 2012

Poking the Untouchable


Everyone loves Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D), right?

Everyone, that is, except a few pieces of journalism that have had the temerity to ask whether his superstar political chops reconcile with, um... Newark.

The Atlantic Wire does a bang-up job, detailing the few unflattering profiles that have done such (The New York Times, The New Republic, Esquire), and how The Cory Booker Rapid Response Team (himself) fought back.

One particularly noteworthy response from Booker came after an Esquire profile talked about the "lousy housing", "rampant unemployment" and "shitty schools" of Newark.

Booker's response?

ENOUGH! Esquire Magazine’s July article “The Battle of Newark” by Scott Raab offers another narrow, clich├ęd, and grossly insulting misinterpretation of Newark.

So what does this mean going forward?

It means that, going forward, Booker needs to take steps to ensure Newark is going forward or else the Booker Book might get stuck with a more unflattering name.