No News is Bad News. Join the SA Current Press Club.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The New York Times Proves That It Does Not Remember the Alamo

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 4:16 PM

click to enlarge The New York Times could learn a lesson or two from Pee-wee Herman. - WARNER HOME VIDEO
  • Warner Home Video
  • The New York Times could learn a lesson or two from Pee-wee Herman.

It's common for visitors to the Alamo to discover that they imagined the historic mission was much bigger than it actually is, but the New York Times is apparently on a whole other level.

On Tuesday, Texas Monthly called out the Gray Lady for a particularly tone-deaf comment misconstruing South Texas geography in a lengthy feature published in New York Times Magazine last week.

The article in question — which Texas Monthly notes is "a compassionate, strongly reported piece of journalism"— looks at the San Antonio Food Bank and food insecurity experienced by Texans during the pandemic and its ensuing economic crisis.

Nestled at the top of the fifth paragraph of the story is a quote that has Texans particularly shook:

"San Antonio is the economic heart of a swath of south-central Texas called the Alamo, where thousands have lost their jobs, particularly in restaurants and the oil and gas industry."

The fuck?

  • Screenshot / The New York Times

Seemingly, reporter Malia Wollan and whatever editors may have reviewed the piece believe the Battle of the Alamo has a more outsized history than even we locals have afforded it.

In addition to the expertly crafted shade deployed throughout Texas Monthly's piece, Twitter user Suzanne Loranca-Clark makes a particularly good point: "I mean this is the publication that supports adding peas to guacamole," she said.

"Not too surprised."

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 13, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation