.- Jeff Koyen, editor of the controversial alternative New York weekly, the New York Press quit rather than accept a two week suspension over the paperâs recent cover story, âthe 52 Funniest things about the Upcoming Death of the Pope.â
The story, written by columnist Matt Taibbi, has received immense amounts of criticism from Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
In a statement on the web site âGawkerâ, Koyen blasted the paperâs owner and publisher over the suspension, saying that the paper is âiconoclastic, occasionally obnoxious but always intelligent. If you see through the nasty Pope jokes, for instance, you will see a well-reasoned political argument.â
Others arenât so sure.
Senator Chuck Schumer called the story âThe most disgusting thing I've seen in 30 years of public life."
A representative of New Yorkâs mayor Michael Bloomberg added, âAs disgusting as this is, it's sadly par for the course for this publication.â
Brian Saint-Paul, editor of Crisis Magazine called the piece âa nauseating list of almost unimaginably offensive itemsâ and added that the New York Press is âexceptional only in the sheer number of New Yorkers who consider it garbage.â