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 Post subject: Local color?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 10:31 am 
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City in pink, not red, mayor says <p>*Hed appeared in Plattsburgh, N.Y., paper. The mayor is one of the nation's few elected Republicans who is openly gay. What do you think of the use of the word "pink"?*


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 Post subject: Re: Local color?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 11:15 am 
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Did the mayor use the term? If he said it, it's fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Local color?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 11:39 am 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by KfitzR:
Did the mayor use the term? If he said it, it's fine.<hr></blockquote><p>No. I meant to point out the pink reference appears nowhere in the story.


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 Post subject: Re: Local color?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 11:54 am 
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Well, ADK, I think a few decades ago that hed might have been OK.<p>I did a Google search on "in the pink." The results make it clear that some readers might come to a grave misunderstanding.


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 Post subject: Re: Local color?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 3:52 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by ADKbrown:
[QB]City in pink, not red, mayor says
QB]<hr></blockquote><p>my first thought was that story would be about finances -- red signifying a budget deficit, perhaps, and pink signifying some odd, less serious situation -- perhaps spin by mayor.<p>but if "pink" isn't part of the story, and especially given the mayor's life, then this seems wrong.<p>what is the story about?


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 Post subject: Re: Local color?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 4:45 pm 
Maybe the city is trying to balance its budget by having musical artist Pink perform in a benefit concert ... ?


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 Post subject: Re: Local color?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 4:55 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Wayne Countryman:
<p>my first thought was that story would be about finances -- red signifying a budget deficit, perhaps, and pink signifying some odd, less serious situation -- perhaps spin by mayor.<p>but if "pink" isn't part of the story, and especially given the mayor's life, then this seems wrong.<p>what is the story about?<hr></blockquote><p>The story is about city finances.


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 Post subject: Re: Local color?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 5:32 pm 
I asked about this one in the newsroom, and am told that the term "in the pink" is a valid if somewhat outdated colloquial reference to "good health." Perhaps that's what the hed writer meant without realizing there could be an insidious double meaning to it.<p>ADKBrown ... has there been much public/newsroom fallout from the use of that hed?


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 Post subject: Re: Local color?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 5:33 pm 
Oops, sorry ... not your paper, I now see.


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