• KellyNFP

    Will be interested to hear what the author thinks of the current controversy in Chicago, where a theatre critic has been accused of racism and theatres are hastening to deprive her of the complimentary tickets which are a traditional component of working as a critic. If one points out that this is squelching a nonconforming voice, is one practicing a strategy of reversal, making the offender into the victim? Or is one simply asserting opposition to a reaction to criticism which seems to threaten free speech?

  • Keith Howard

    A friend went me a link, and I can’t quite figure out the labeling conventions online, so I had assumed this was an opinion piece or an editorial. From three minutes of detective work–including looking at the URL–I see it’s considered news instead. This concerns me.

    Using Adam Kirsch’s piece from the Times under the label Critics Notebook–enough of a flag of opinion for me–as a jumping-off point, Cyndi Suarez here writes a news story that is horribly biased against the subject of another writer’s work. Regardless of my feelings about Mr. Trump, I feel very strongly that news should be objective, with opinion walled off to avoid confusion. That is, Mr. Trump may be as thin-skinned, vain, shallow, narcissistic and bullying as Suarez suggests, but the suggestion should be kept off the news page. Let us describe villainous behavior objectively in the news and save our judgments for the opinion page.