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Monday, March 07, 2005  

Ask Howard Kurtz

The Washington Post’s resident schlub, Howard Kurtz, today provides readers with an update of the recent scuffle between crank law professor and self-styled liberal Susan Estrich and Los Angeles Times editorial-page editor Michael Kinsley in “L.A. Woman (vs. LAT Man).” Kurtz writes:

Estrich says that she never intended for the correspondence to become public and that “it’s not personal” against Kinsley[.]

Kurtz apparently let that contention slide, but let’s put it into perspective, together recalling this audacity on Estrich’s part, made in reference to Kinsley and his daily life with Parkinson’s disease (See “Introductions All Around,” The Rittenhouse Review, February 21):

[P]eople are beginning to think that your illness may have affected your brain, your judgment, and your ability to do this job.

If that’s not personal, I don’t know what is.

Kurtz’s column makes no reference to Estrich apologizing for this slimey remark, but we’re dealing with the ultimate toady and thus it’s safe to conclude Kurtz didn’t even think to ask.

[Post-publication addendum (March 13): According to a March 11 article in the Los Angeles Times, "A Very Public Opinion Exchange," by James Rainey: "Estrich, 52, apologized for raising the issue of Kinsley's health, saying she was only trying to 'warn an old friend what was being said about him around town.' She said that misstep should not be a distraction from her larger cause."]

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