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June 23, 2008


Unlike Brendan and Bob Somerby, blogger Anne Althouse interpreted Hoyt's column as almost exonerating Dowd:

"Hoyt never says that Dowd went over the line, and I don't see that he's criticized her in any significant way. Nor should he! Her explanation of what she does and why it's right is dead on. Hoyt went through an appropriate "public editor" analysis in response to criticism, and he let it seem as though he was disapproving, and yet I don't see that he really was."

Hoyt's style seems to have enough ambiguity that two readers with opposite opinions can both believe that his column supported their point of view.

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