Sour Note

Sour Note

Bruce Johnson of USA Channel 9 reported this story late Sunday night.

D.C. Council Member Marion Barry’s office sent an email press release to Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning Classical Music Critic of the Washington Post, last Wednesday.

It is, to say the least, unusual for Mr. Barry’s staff to have Mr. Page on their email list. Mr. Barry’s Web site lists Andre M. Johnson as Media Consultant;” the Post calls him Mr. Barry’s “Communication Director.”

Mr. Page replied to the Barry press release, asking to be taken off the email list. His reply was wildly inappropriate, full of rage, venom and personal insults to Mr. Barry. The Council Member complained to the newspaper, and Bruce Johnson reports that the Post has instituted disciplinary action against Mr. Page, placing him on leave.

The New Yorker magazine recently published an essay in which Mr. Page discusses his discovery six years ago that he has been a life-long sufferer from Asperger’s Syndrome. I am no physician, but the email to Mr. Barry appears consistent with aspects of that disorder, particularly “failure to react appropriately to social interaction [which] may appear as disregard for other people’s feelings, and may come across as insensitive.”


Image, “G-Clef un-Ravel-ed,” by Mike Licht.

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