A Steel Cage Match We’d Like to See: Tim Page vs. Marion Barry

One’s a drug-addled politician clinging to public office, the other is a classical music critic for the Washington Post. But it seems that when they get together, there’s sparks! Apparently, Barry’s staff sent Page (who I will remind you is a music critic) a press release about the councilman’s support/non-support of the hospital property in Southeast. Page, upset over the (possibly frequent) email from Barry’s staff sent back this response:

“Must we hear about it every time this Crack Addict attempts to rehabilitate himself with some new=and typically half witted–political grandstanding?

I’d be grateful if you would take me off your mailing list. I Cannot think of anything the useless Marion Barry could do that would interest me in the slightest, up to and including overdose. Sincerely, Tim Page.”

Yikes. Page’s reviews are usually this sharp-tongued when performers don’t meet his approval, so I don’t exactly think that Barry’s office (which freaked out and got Page suspended from his writing gig at the Post) should be as surprised as they acted over his comments. Given that nothing Page said about Hizzoner, the Mayor for Life, was factually false, I’m surprised that the Post caved in to the righteous indignation of Barry and his staff.

For Shame, Post. For Shame.

2 Comments so far

  1. Mike Licht (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    Better match: Barry vs. Weingarten.

    Gene Weingarten sounded off on the issue during yesterday’s online chat.


  2. courageuese anonyme (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 12:18 am

    Well… actually, it is unfair and technically inaccurate to label Barry as "useless." Those who have only lived in DC a short while don’t know or remember that he took a bullet and suffered life-threatening injuries trying to defuse a hostage crisis in downtown DC in the 1970s. And he’s no longer a crack user. Finally, those who aren’t from his district haven’t got much appreciation for what he’s done for many of DC’s residents. I guess that includes the Post’s Page.



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