Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) excoriated his hometown newspaper for publishing a misogynistic photo caption, telling the Asbury Park Press that the owe readers a more detailed account of how a caption referring to “a fucking hot nurse, a total JAP” made its way in their digital edition on Sunday.
“When incidents of this magnitude occur to other organizations, the Asbury Park Press calls for further explanation, and the statement the paper released today is hypocritical to what they ask of others in the same or similar situations,” Gopal said. “The media needs to be held to the same standard for addressing mistakes, and it must provide information as to how it will prevent future mishandlings from happening.”
Gopal said that a “short sighted apology” from executive editor Paul D’Ambrosio “does not even begin to describe how something of this low caliber can be written and published for the public to see.”
“The public needs to know why this language was written in the first place, and how the paper’s system allowed for it to be published,” Gopal said.
The Democratic senator criticized the newspaper for limiting their apology to just the Jewish community in Lakewood and not the everywhere else.
The Asbury Park Press should correct this mistake and understand their actions affected the entire community, not just Lakewood,” Gopal said.
Following Gopal’s critique, D’Ambrosio edited his apology to “all members of the Jewish faith.”
D’Ambrosio refused to release details of the newspaper’s corrective action.
“I cannot comment more on personnel matters, but as noted in the statement, we have taken immediate and significant action,” D’Ambrosio said in an email obtained by the New Jersey Globe.