NYT’s asinine comic-book-theft story

Tom Tomorrow covers the NYT’s coverage of the theft of a ~$6500 SpiderMan #1 comic during a robbery.

My guess is, that clerk didn’t feel stupid about it at all, until the Times reporter started badgering him. “Come on–$6,500 for a comic book that cost a dime when it was new?” And the clerk got embarassed and said, yeah, shucks, that is an awful lot of money.

And this, of course, is in a paper whose real estate section manages to report that shoebox-sized condominiums are now selling for half a million dollars without editorializing, and whose Style section treats the price of designer shoes and handbags with similar matter-of-factness.

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