National media notes racist joke gaffe
September 17, 2012
A front-page blunder by the county’s local daily newspaper wrongly laying the blame for a Creston Classic Rodeo racist joke has provoked national attention from TheGrio.com, a division of NBC News. And the story is about to go viral.
The Tribune’s Jonah Owen Lamb reported Sunday that — according to several spectators — a racial joke told over the microphone had been uttered by announcer Ed Kutz. The Tribune’s headline was “Announcer’s racist joke offends rodeo audience” and its premise that Kutz was responsible for making the comment on the public address system was repeated throughout the article.
The problem? It wasn’t Kutz. Rather, it turned out to be the rodeo clown, Mike Hayhurst.
The Tribune then reported today, in another front-page article under the byline Julia Hickey, that Kutz had somehow been “cleared of blame” for making the comment, and placed responsibility for the error at the feet of “spectators.”
TheGrio.com is a daily online news and opinion platform concentrating on African-American issues, which regularly provides news coverage and reporting featuring political show hosts Rev. Al Sharpton and Melissa Harris-Perry; Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP; and network commentator Goldie Taylor.