Late last year the San Jose Mercury News, a local newspaper known best for obituaries and tossing competitor newsstands in dumpsters, launched a political blog called “Internal Affairs.” The website is named after the weekly print feature that runs every Sunday, and it bills itself as an “offbeat look at state and local politics.” The frequency of posts has been herky-jerky, but that isn’t the only aspect of the gossip site that’s missed a beat.
A post last week by reporter Tracey Kaplan broke the story of Ralph Sivilla’s late withdrawal from a judge’s race against Stuart Scott, which gave Scott an uncontested victory at the filing deadline. The story was tame aside from the odd headline, “Which one of these cute dudes now goes by ‘Judge’?”
San Jose Inside called up Kaplan to ask about the story, and she admitted the headline was a mistake in judgment after a long day of reporting. “It’s a sexist joke that in hindsight I later regretted,” she said.
The story’s headline now has asterisks in place of “cute,” along with this wonderful update: “Thank you, Josh Koehn at the Metro, for pointing out my sexist mistake. It was doubly bad because I was a women’s studies major who grew up in the 1960s and 70s, fighting for women’s rights.”
If only for a moment, March 11, 2014 will be henceforth known as the day the Merc and SJI found common ground.