Archive for the ‘Bruce Johnson’ Category

Theme and Variations

November 13, 2007

Theme and Variations

Bruce Johnson’s Monday follow-up to his Marion Barry — Tim Page story on WUSA 9- TV added a significant new element:

“Page doesn’t cover Barry and has objected in the past to receiving emails from the legislator’s staff.”

So Tim Page’s regrettable email did not come out of nowhere. It was preceded by a history of staff incompetence in Mr. Barry’s office, and previous futile attempts by Mr. Page to correct it.


Sour Note Coda

November 12, 2007

Sour Note Coda

Council Member Marion Barry’s Media Consultant/Communications Director is upset that I emailed him. And it wasn’t even spam.

After Bruce Johnson broke the Tim Page – Marion Barry story late last night, details were few. I sent the following email to Andre M. Johnson, listed on Mr. Barry’s Web site as “Media Consultant” and described by the Post as “Communication Director”:

Sent: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 12:32 am 
Subject: Tim Page 
Mr. Johnson:  
I wondered why Council Member Barry’s office sent a press release to Tim Page. Was it about a Classical Music event?  
Mike Licht  
  Mike Licht  
Box 15346  
Washington, DC 20003  
(202) 546-9659  


Sour Note

November 12, 2007

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.