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June 10, 2007

No masala bagels here

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Sepia Mutiny was excited by the coverage of the Arena bagel controversy, but less for what was said than for what was not said:

My favorite aspect of this story — as reported by the Grey Lady — is that Agarwal’s ethnicity is never alluded to at all. It’s simply about how he, as a businessman from outside the neighborhood, goofed up in naming his bagel shop “Arena Bagels and Bialys”
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In this case Aggarwal screwed up because he’s an ousider, but by outsider the journalist means a businessman from Queens rather than an immigrant, a brown-man, or even a non-Jew. It’s just good local reporting.

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Now if the Grey Lady would only accurately cover some other outsider that screwed up...

Posted by amy at June 10, 2007 10:41 AM