Times Blog rips off Food Not Bombs

Rahul Chadha Feb 6, 2008

(first image is the Times’ the second is Food Not Bombs)

The New York Times heralded the inauguration of their new Mark Bittman-penned blog about food, “Bitten,” on Feb. 6 by splashing a link to it on the homepage of its Web site. It would be hard for a member of any of the Food Not Bombs autonomous collectives scattered throughout the world not to notice a striking similarity between the Bitten logo and their own: both feature an up-raised fist clutching at a carrot.

It seems unlikely that Bittman, a well-regarded cookbook author and cooking show host, would have had any significant knowledge of the logo pilfering. A more likely scenario would involve a sticky-fingered freelance designer, or one from the Times’ own stable, playing fast and loose with design ethics. But it still would be hard for the Times to claim total ignorance; a “Food Not Bombs” search of their archives yielded 22 results, the oldest dating back to September 6, 1988. The Indypendent sent an e-mail to Clark Hoyt, the Times’ public editor, requesting his opinion on the matter. We’ll let you know what we hear.

Written by Rahul Chadha

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