NYT Columnist Defends Provocative Ray Rice Lede

Predictably, the lead sentence of New York Times “Gotham” columnist Michael Powell’s latest item has generated an instant, massive outcry. From fellow journalists and others:

Say this for Ray Rice: His left cross was of professional quality, a short, explosive punch. And his fiancée’s head snapped back as if she’d been shot.

But also via Twitter, Powell is insisting that these first few article words take on proper contextual meaning if his piece is fully read and understood. He also suggests that “Twitter is beyond parody. Like a swarm of bots programmed to misquote out of context and scream OMG.”

Here’s a good exchange between Powell and several others, where he explains that he was mocking the NFL culture in play, not supporting it. Expect to see, if you have not already, additional social media anger about this in your personal Twitter feed.