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Tuesday, January 11, 2005
 

The Times nigger-joke connection gets murkier


There's follow-up from yesterday's piece.

Steve Nylund [1] - spelling from the Boston Globe's piece today - has apologised - with a strange twist:
Metro International said Nylund, Metro USA's president, unwittingly made the joke at the conference when he was asked to translate it into English by a colleague.

''The comment was made unintentionally during my translation," Nylund said in the company's news release. ''Nevertheless, I deeply regret having offended anyone, and I apologize."


Very much an anthropological hotspot, this: you've got the cross-cultural thing (as discussed in the earlier piece) - a nigger-joke is evidently no big deal in Scandanavia, even in racially mixed company; and the translator thing - prizing fidelty to the source text, and rating the translator himself an invisible man or moral nullity.

Did the NYT Co lawyers give the Gray Lady an out clause in the event of such difficulties arising between contract and closing? Is the NYT Co contractually committed at all - or is the agreement to acquire 49% of the Boston Metro merely a gentleman's agreement?

Does Sonny Boy Sulzberger actually rate the Metro Vikings as much of gentlemen at all?

  1. President of Metro USA Inc, which - one infers - owns the Boston Metro. Metro International SA owns MUSA and is the parent company for all 42 editions of the freesheet.


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