racism: a great way to liven up a boring story

A groan of dismay for Discovery News, a source that usually stays out of politics, and now I know why. Faced with placing a headline on a non-news item about Barack Obama’s pending decision to keep his Blackberry during his presidency, the editorial staff chooses this:

Obama Likely to Give Up ‘CrackBerry’ as President

I know that people call it a CrackBerry. I know that they will claim that they didn’t mean to associate President Elect Obama with the street drug that has crippled black communities for decades. And yet, there it is. I imagine the editorial staff is a dozen or so well meaning, middle-aged, middle-class white guys, which would once again demonstrate that diversity in the workplace is a good idea.

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