Fat Steve's Blatherings

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Correspondence With the New York Times

      A letter I sent to the public editor at the New York Times:

      Thanks for printing this story: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/20/magazine/20QUESTIONS.html?

      When I need an example of blatant unfairness and hostility, this will be top of the list!

Stephen M.
St. Onge

http://www.fatsteve.blogspot.com/
http://www.stevesdumm.blogspot.com/

DELENDAM ESSE SAUDI ARABIA!


The Reply From the Times:

Dear Stephen M. St. Onge,

I'm not going to go searching for your comments at other links. If you have concerns about a Times article you're welcome to include them in your message.

Sincerely,
Arthur Bovino
Office of the Public Editor
The New York Times

My Reply to the Reply:

Dear Mr. Bovino:

      We seem to have some misunderstandings here.

      In the first place, I had no concerns about your story, the "20 Questions" directed to 'Jeff Gannon' in the New York Times Magazine.  It is so ludicrously biased and hostile, so dedicated to trying to find something that can be used against the White House, so thoroughly prejudiced and immune to fact, argument, or rational thought, that it is quite beyond mere concerns.  Instead, I just wanted to thank you for running something so ridiculously unprofessional and revealing.

      As for the links, the first was to your own story.  I included the link so you'd know which one I was writing about.  Did you somehow not realize this?

      The other two links are parts of my signature, automatically applied to all messages.  I did not intend for you to look for comments on them.  I will probably publish our little correspondence on Fat Steve's Blatherings, but rest assured I'll send you a copy of the post if there's anything in it not in these letters.  I don't except you to search the blogosphere for comments on the Times.

      However, you would benefit professionally and personally by reading blogs.  Ms. Solomon's "interview" is so bad, it should have been rejected by a High School Newspaper.  That the Times published it is proof of desperate need for fresh points of view.  Aside from my own efforts, may I suggest http://www.steynonline.com/, http://www.betsyspage.blogspot.com/, http://www.instapundit.com/, http://www.lileks.com/bleats/index.html, http://patterico.com/, http://powerlineblog.com/ and http://www.rogerlsimon.com/?  I think you might find them quite stimulating.

      Finally, a comment on the tone of your reply.  If I were the sort of mean spirited person so many bloggers are accused of being, I'd take a certain satisfaction from it.  It sounds like the sort of thing written by someone who's annoyed.  I'd think something like "Hey! Got under their skin!" and I'd be encouraged to do attempt it again.

      I hope this clears things up.  Sorry I failed to communicate clearly the first time.

Very sincerely yours,

Stephen M.
St. Onge
Minneapolis, MN

http://www.fatsteve.blogspot.com/
http://www.stevesdumm.blogspot.com/

DELENDAM ESSE SAUDI ARABIA!


      I do find it interesting that the Times's Public Editor is listed as Daniel Okrent, but the mail is apparently read by others.  This would seem to defeat the purpose of having a public editor.  But if you follow the link to Ms. Solomon's story, I think you'll see the Times has far larger problems.


      Update, March 23rd: Mr. Bovino responds quite courteously to my last letter to him.  I'll post this response for the record, then let this go, I think:
Dear Mr. Stephen M. St. Onge,

I can assure you I read several blogs a day and have at least 50 bookmarked on my browser but thanks for the suggestion.

Sincerely,
Arthur Bovino
Office of the Public Editor
The New York Times


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