The Washington Post Trolls the Entire City of Philadelphia
Oh, cool. The Washington Post has joined forces with The New York Times to troll Philadelphia.
On Sunday, the newspaper published an article on preparations for Pope’s Francis’ visit in September titled “Philadelphia’s plans for hosting pope are far from heavenly for residents.” And it just couldn’t resist giving voice to the warmed-over notion that Philly is an inferior city.
“Whether it overdoes or underdoes the papal preparations,” wrote reporter Frances Stead Sellers, “Philadelphia risks reinforcing the notion that it is a second-rate stopover between Washington and New York City, both of which will host His Holiness and appear to be taking his arrival in stride.”
Maybe that was just a careless, throwaway line though? No, it was the hook.
As it prepares for the pope, Philly risks reinforcing its image as a second-rate stopover between D.C. and New York http://t.co/a5IWYegrVD
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 30, 2015
But how adorable is it that the Post believes Washington is in the same league as NYC? Also, D.C.’s population is less than half of Philadelphia’s. When are we going to get some respect?
That’s not the only maddening thing that the newspaper wrote. There’s also this line:
With its quaint, colonial streets built for carriages rather than motorcades, Philadelphia lacks experience with the crowd-drawing presidential inaugurations and visits from world leaders that are routine on Washington’s broad avenues.
“Quaint, colonial streets?” The Washington Post makes it sound as if Philly is made up entirely of cobblestones. The newspaper knows Pope Francis is speaking on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which is a multi-lane boulevard, right?
We weren’t the only people annoyed by the article:
— Matt Apuzzo (@mattapuzzo) August 30, 2015
.@hollyotterbein At risk of defending PHL's honor, pope isn't giving a speech on freaking Camac St. It's on what is essentially a turnpike.
— Phila. Bikes (@philabikes) August 31, 2015
As Washington grapples with its inferiority complex, its newspaper projects civic self consciousness. http://t.co/LEHQUg9PCG
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) August 31, 2015
@hollyotterbein How could anyone write that story without once mentioning the role played by the Secret Service? Is this by an intern?
— Bill Hangley, Jr. (@BillHangley) August 31, 2015
Now, we’ll give it to WashPo: It’s true that “Philadelphia lacks experience with the crowd-drawing presidential inaugurations.” But so does, um, every other goddamned city in the country.