First, Village Voice blogger Foster Kamer wrote a story about Cablevision’s acquisition of Gothamist that included the query “Wonder how Dobkin’s gonna feel with Jimmy Dolan’s cock in his mouth?” That would be the pulsating member attached to James Dolan, chairman of Cablevision. Then, Dolan’s legal team fired off an email to the Village Voice, asking them to keep his firm — yet tender — Stick of Dolanite out of their mouths. So to speak. Kamer responded by publishing the email and pointing out that Dolan’s throbbing wood has gotten him in trouble in the past.
Kamer isn’t taking this too hard, though. He writes:
That being said, the Village Voice won’t be taking any action editorially for or against IFC, or any IFC properties. We’ll continue to feature them in our listings and reviews, and we’ll continue to provide the fair and passionate coverage of them (and Mr. Dolan) that we always have, though we will smile every time we think of the euphemistic “I” in that acronym.
Furthermore, that the Village Voice does not nor will not take disciplinary actions against any of their editorial staff and/or vendors for making good-humored dick jokes at the expense of their superiors, so long as they fall in line with guidelines adhering to editorial standards and labor law guidelines. Especially if I have a good news peg. And we’ve got nothing but good news pegs here at the Voice. See what I did there?
Thomas Jefferson once noted that “our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it.” He probably wasn’t talking about our liberty to talk about Jimmy Dolan’s penis, but you know, a few hundred years later and here we are, doing our patriotic duty, taking that step, and not backing down.
See? It takes a lot to get a good blogger down. They are only ever up. And, just to make sure there’s no unnecessary friction between the Village Voice and the channel, the IFC has extended a long, thick olive branch of sorts to Kamer:
Truly, a happy ending for everyone.
The question, then, is whether writers / journalists / bloggers should not only apologize for snarky (sorry) or arguably inappropriate remarks that may or may not have to do with the story at hand, and whether they are obligated to remove such offending tidbits if someone asks nicely / threatens to set their lawyers on them. Thoughts?