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05.06.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Joe Uchill
If you (like me) read Jason Whitlock’s column about his experience writing a cover story for Playboy, you’d have the sense that the magazine chose an irrelevant, race-baiting headline to make a story about the cultural costs of prisons sexier. If you read the actual Playboy – you know, for the articles – the reality isn’t quite that bad. It’s merely a partially-relevant, race-baiting h...
05.06.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Joe Uchill
A quick follow-up to a post from last week. Jason Whitlock’s was upset about Playboy’s decision to give his cover story about the American penal system the offensive and offensively-irrelevant “The Black KKK: Hip Hop is killing Black America, and it’s time to do something about it.” We read his complaint, and seconded that emotion. Playboy has sent this statement in response: "Play...
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Chris Napolitano, Playboy Editorial Director

“Playboy has an impeccable history in dealing with civil rights issues. We didn’t have any ulterior motives when deciding on a headline for Mr. Whitlock’s excellent story. Even though we used the working title “The Black KKK” in our assignment letter to Whitlock on February 7, I was not made aware of his displeasure until a month after we had gone to press....."
05.02.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Joe Uchill
Anyone with nosy parents or a jealous spouse knows that Playboy can go hand and hand with embarrassment, vicious arguments, and a frenzied dash to find a better hiding spot. Jason Whitlock, sports columnist for the Kansas City Star, can now vouch for the first two. Playboy has printed his story with an eye-catching, controversial, and intriguing headline that would be a perfect draw if only his st...

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