T-Town's not-very-alternative "alternative" weekly, Urban Tulsa, is out with its latest version of "The Hot 100." The list, UT says, includes "innovative Tulsans who have made it their duty to revamp our fine city."
So far, so good. And, truth be told, there are some good people and institutions on the list, including newly elected County Commissioner Karen Keith, Elote owner Libby Auld, Mana Tahaie, director of Racial Justice for the YWCA, Eric Marshall, owner of a new Tulsa brewery, and many others.
We have no beef with such selections. These and other such movers and shakers deserve all the acclaim they warrant. And they are doing good things for the city.
But we part company with UT's practice of naming its own founder and one of its columnists (Michael Bates) to this list. This smacks of journalistic nepotism—and it's not the first time UT has done this, as AltTulsa has noted in previous years.
If the Tulsa World pulled a stunt like this, UT would be howling. Time to look in the mirror, guys.