Thursday, March 24, 2005

Mexican Tourists Can’t Get Enough Of The ‘Gringo Gazette’

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – An American publisher is waging war against political correctness with a free newspaper for U.S. tourists in Mexico called The Gringo Gazette.

Carrie Duncan has run the no-holds-barred guide to Mexico’s Baja California region for the past 10 years, receiving mountains of hate mail from folks who are offended by everything from the paper’s name to headlines like “Bus Crashes, 12 Mexicans Snuffed.”

Despite that, she’s developed a loyal following from the many Yanks who vacation in the area, who crack up over articles like the recent piece on whale watching which featured a photo of a floating human rear end spitting out water like a whale.

Duncan feels newspapers in the States could learn a lot from her paper’s anti-P.C. stance – especially since the humor brings in tons of readers, and, therefore, advertising dollars.

She says too many U.S. publishers cave in to political correctness and end up with a bland publication, but, in her words, “We don’t have to be held hostage to a few upset readers.”

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