The New York Times
covered the controversy surrounding Philadelphia Magazine
's recent cover story, "Being White in Philly."
Controversy clearly can be good for business. The magazine, whose circulation has declined nearly 10 percent in the last five years, according to the Alliance for Audited Media, had a minor boom in sales from the issue. Tom McGrath, the editor, said the article generated 1.4 million page views, a milestone for the site. The article has over 6,000 comments online, and Mr. McGrath said several vendors told the magazine that they sold out of the issue and wanted more copies.
But the issue’s notoriety may have a downside. The Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Karen Heller criticized
the article’s author, Robert Huber, for providing anonymity to all of his interview subjects and painting a portrait of a city devoid of any voices other than white residents.
Original source: The New York Times
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