David Rothman writes "The good folks at the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library have dropped Mao Tse-tung from a fund-raising campaign, at least for now. So says Dawn Flinsch, campaign coordinator, who tells me Mao is â€œon holdâ€? out of sensitivity to citizensâ€™ concerns.
Let's hope he stays purged from the campaign serving up the images of famous librarians. Public libraries face enough challenges and don't need wacky campaigns like this one from the "buzz"-fixated Andrews/Birt agency. Mao was a butcher. Imagine A/B pushing Coors by showing Adolph Hitler as a happy beer-drinker. Is Mao harmless because he killed yellow-skinned people--not Caucasians--by the millions. Besides, if A/B wants to take on civil liberties issues for real, there's always the ever-so-deserving Patriot Act.
The good news is that the A/B effort shows real flair and could do much better simply by substituting Bunny Wilson, played by Katharine Hepburn in Desk Set. Who would you rather get homework or job-hunting help from--Kate or Mao Tse-tung? More at TeleRead."