Of the thousands of unnecessary comments made by the media over the course of the Olympic Winter Games, perhaps none was less legitimate than your “white versus black” description of the contest between figure skaters Katarina Witt and Debi Thomas (“Looking golden but missing the ring,” Cover, Feb. 29). Congratulations on hitting the lowest note in the Olympic media rhapsody. -LORI JAMIESON, Lucknow, Ont.
Media prima donnas
I have a hard time finding any sympathy for Allan Fotheringham’s overcrowded Olympics (“The media children of the Games,” Feb. 29). He says some people consider the experience of crowded buses and cafeteria food good for the “overfed and overpampered” media. In the case of prima donnas like Fotheringham, I must agree, for it’s petty complaints like his that reinforce that very image. He implies that some members of the media have a greater right than others to cover the Olympics and says that weeding out representatives from some smaller outlets might alleviate some of the overcrowding he seems to have felt so acutely. Perhaps officials could start by asking just what a tired political columnist is doing at a sports event, taking advantage of the free ride offered by his media pass and then having the self-serving gall to bellyache about it in a national magazine. —CRAIG STEENBURGH,
I agree with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney when he says, “This is the price you have to pay,” regarding his new conflict-of-interest legislation (“Avoiding future conflicts,” Canada, March 7). In his scandal-ridden term as Prime Minister, Mr. Mulroney has no doubt come to realize that more stringent measures and more accountability on the part of his ministers are needed. It may be seen as an unwelcome intrusion into their personal affairs, but I believe it’s a step in the right direction. The discontented MPs should remember that very little of their lives remains strictly private; publicity and curiosity about their financial affairs are the price they pay for serving in public office. ROXANNE LODGE,
I was appalled to see your photograph of 12-year-old Milla Jovovich in your People section of March 7. The fact that magazines such as Mademoiselle are willing to contribute to the exploitation of minors by having them on their covers in alluring poses is no reason why Maclean's should contribute to this alarming trend. It surely is indicative of a society obsessed with youth and beauty and one that places little worth on the dignity of a child. Your magazine bills itself as “Canada’s national newsmagazine.” Photos of enticing 12-year-old girls—made to look twice their age—are neither newsworthy nor of national importance. JONATHAN ROSE,
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