Times’ Column: Poor Parody, Poor Taste

Tampa Mayor Dick Greco’s controversial trip to Cuba — and its ex post facto revelation — are certainly fair game for commentary as well as parody.

Having said that, Times’ columnist Sandra Thompson certainly abused the latter in her Aug. 10 column. Her send-up of a Greco sojourn to Baghdad was not funny, merely sophomoric. But that’s not the issue. Not everyone can be intentionally humorous, let alone dead-on satiric. Some efforts are just laughable.

The column morphed from bad to bad taste when referring to the mayor denying “the rumor that he and Linda will be guests of Osama bin Laden at a Sept. 11 anniversary bash

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