With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cathie Black's "common touch"

Michael Appleton for The New York Times
Cathleen P. Black, the mayor’s pick to lead New York schools, waiting for a taxi outside her Park Avenue apartment.
She grew up sheltered and privileged, in a middle-class Irish enclave of Chicago at midcentury, attending Catholic schools and riding horses at a country club where blacks and Jews were not allowed...She was the newspaper industry’s chief lobbyist in the 1990s, fighting a ban on tobacco advertising, and she occasionally mused about running for office. But she has otherwise barely dabbled in the public sphere: describing her strengths in internal documents, the Coca-Cola Company, where she is a longtime board member, leaves unchecked the box next to “governmental, political or diplomatic expertise.” She has shown a common touch as president of Hearst Magazines since 1995 by riding in yellow cabs rather than black limousines. (NYT)

1 comment:

  1. The chancellor from Coke, big tobacco, and Hearst. Just what the schools need.


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