There was a memorial march in Queens for Lou Rispoli, the musician and musical administrator who was beaten horribly to death last month in what police are treating as a likely gay-hate crime. No arrests have been made. A reward of $22,000 is being offered for information.
If you search Google for ‘Lou Rispoli’, the top entry is Tim Page’s moving tribute to his friend and colleague, here on Slipped Disc.
Nothing appears on the far more powerful engine of the New York Times. That’s because the Times has not reported the crime.
We have been told by two reliable insiders that all the necessary information was given to the Metro desk by a member of the paper’s music staff, but the organ of ‘all news that’s fit to print’ did not see fit to report and publish a crime of prejudice that took place on its own patch.
Nor has it published an obituary for a man who played a visible and valued role in the city’s musical life. Lou was the long-term secretary of the late composer Virgil Thomson.
Can anyone explain that? Has the sclerosis of the Times arts department now reached into the vital arteries of news gathering?