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Friday, June 4, 2010

Should Newspapers Show Pictures of Drag Queens?

Posted by Dan Savage on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 9:43 AM

The Tri-City Herald ran a large photo of a "professional drag queen" on its front page. At least one reader is upset...

Does the editor who made the call have a tabloid mentality or does this person believe there was some social redeeming value to the photo and caption? Was there any "reader take away" from its publication? Admittedly, it may be difficult for your editor to choose a "newsy" story the morning after the cable news networks have already run all the important stories, but come on. Respectfully, the Tri-City Herald might consider polling its readers to determine if it is as disconnected from its constituency as we find most of our politicians and government officials are these days.

To determine whether its readers want photos of professional drag queens, the Herald is conducting a poll. Go vote!

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