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May 11, 2004

Janet Who?

When I mentioned to Pops last weekend about the appointment of Michael Kinsley to the LATimes, he knew immediately that it mean curtains for the black woman who previously ran the show. Among the millions in the Kwaku network, I had no idea whom he was talking about. All I knew now was that a [heretofore obscure] black woman lost her gig to Mike Kinsley.

For all I knew, Karen Grigsby-Bates was the highest ranking black of any stature at the Times, and she has done well for herself with her new gigs at NPR. But Janet Clayton, at 48, was apparently the woman.

I take her invisibility and obscurity as a plus. I have been thinking about racial integration recently, especially in light of a recent interview by Brian Lamb of Charles Ogletree about his new book 'All Deliberate Speed' where he talks about 100 years past Brown is the drop dead date for affirmative actions. Also in that mix was Adrian Piper's declarations of not. She is not a 'black' this or that.

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Posted by mbowen at May 11, 2004 07:08 AM

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Isn't Clayton now going to head up the news division? Race aside, I'm not sure that's a good thing. The last thing I'd want to see is a "news" section that reads anything like today's editorials.

Posted by: Xrlq at May 11, 2004 08:33 AM

She was there before. The LATimes is what it is. Kinsley is a plus, but he was on the left side of Crossfire as well, though considerably more elevated than most of his contemporaries.

Posted by: cobb at May 11, 2004 11:50 AM