We’re very sorry for what happened earlier with this morning’s “Leading Off.” Yes, there was a fourth item, which we deleted not long after the post went up. The joke was offensive, and it was not in keeping with D Magazine‘s stated mission of “making Dallas even better.”
By way of explanation (though certainly not meant to excuse what occurred), our “Leading Off” posts are generally written late each night after the area’s media outlets have posted their articles for the next day’s papers. Such was the case when Tim scheduled that post for publication shortly before 2 a.m., according to our log of the incident. Longtime readers of this space are also no doubt familiar with Tim’s fondness for drinking, and, well, you can do the math.
Each of our editors works without a net on FrontBurner, so none of the rest of us saw the copy until it was public on the web just after 6 a.m. Again, we apologize to the Hispanic community and to everyone who was offended.