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When it comes to righteous rants, better late than never. Last week, a correspondent sent us a copy of the Oct. 15 issue of the District’s Hispanic Link Weekly Report, in which media writer Kay Bárbaro takes on an Oct. 5 piece by Washington Post correspondent Mary Jordan on the economic effects of Sept. 11 on Mexico. In 13 short paragraphs, Bárbaro smashes the clichéd sourcing of Jordan’s Tijuana-datelined piece (matadors and prostitutes), asking, “Dime la verdad, María. Did you poll a representative body of pimps? Or did you travel from brothel to brothel to interview the prostitutes in person?” The bottom line, observes Bárbaro, is that “extending the World War II stereotype of Tijuana…amounts to an awful piece of journalism.” — Richard Byrne