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Respectful coverage would’ve been reversed
I have a pretty good sense of humor, but I didn’t see the need for Neal Justin (“Her most fascinating moments,” Variety, May 12) to make a joke of Barbara Walters on her retirement. The presentation on the back page of the Variety section (“You’ve come a long way, Barbara”) would have been better suited for the front, giving Walters the respect she deserves after her trailblazing career. Ironic that Justin reports that she is a “founding mother” and that it is painful for him to recall how “sexist the business was when she began carving out her career,” while making questionable jokes at her expense. He also admits that she “bugs me.” Probably not the best time for him to try comedy.
Sandra Boes O’Brien, Minneapolis
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