Sunday, December 27, 2009

Missing the Point on Percy Sutton

Maybe it's generational or perhaps just lack of knowledge, but this headline:
Percy Sutton, attorney for Malcolm X, dies at 89

really misses the point about Percy Sutton's many accomplishments. He was a serious player in New York's political and media worlds. He was a pioneer of black influence and led an amazing life.

Headline writing isn't about just grabbing what you think is the mot controversial or exciting, especially in an obit.  Copy editors need to write head needs that capture the subject's life, and this most definitely does not.

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