A syndicated column that talked of Vietnamese grabbing dogs off the street and eating them for dinner has been pulled by Tribune Media Services, reported JimRomenesko.com, The article by Stanford journalism professor Joel Brinkley sparked immediate outrage by Tribune readers.
The Tribune issued the following statement: TMS has a rigorous editing process for its content, and in the case of Brinkley’s column that moved Jan. 29, all the required steps did not occur. We regret that this happened, and will be vigilant in ensuring that our editing process works in the future.
In his column, Brinkley wrote: — “Even now, as Vietnam rapidly modernizes and matures, if the dog wanders too far from home, someone will grab it and then serve dog for dinner.”
One letter writer called it “an antiquated and rather offensive caricature of Asian culture.”
Brinkley, however, is still defending his column writing “this is what I saw with my own eyes, first hand.”
You can read his full response at JimRomenesko.com.