Popular New York-based gossip website Gawker has been using its own editors' opinions to rank U.S. states in what they're calling "The Worst 50 States in America." Yesterday they released ranks 26-33 and Maryland was number 33. (Just a note: Because it's the 50 worst states, the lower the number means the more the editors like the state.)
Gawker editors did contend that "the whole Chesapeake area is definitely pretty" and that blue crabs here "are very delicious to eat," but when it came time to discuss Baltimore, things got vicious. They, of course, used the age-old reference to The Wire and called our city a "murder-ridden horrorhole."
While I realize the whole thing is in jest (they mention The Blair Witch Project under Maryland's cons), it would have been nice for Gawker to do some ounce of research. I'm sure some of their editors have been to Baltimore? (Or maybe they're too afraid). And I'm sure they even have a couple people on staff who are native Marylanders and could have cleared up misconceptions. Reducing our entire city to an HBO original series is just lazy reporting.
But the thing that really gets me? They made New York number 50 (in this case, the least worst state). They didn't even try to be unbias. But, thats okay, I'll continue to enjoy my low cost of living and Harbor views while you sit in your tiny Manhattan sublet and look out onto the majestic West Side Highway.
[Image: courtesy of Gawker.com]