Benjamin Wittes

Unsporting to Shoot Fish in a Barrel?

Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Kenneth Anderson writes of my post yesterday, “What should most concern the Times are the couple of emails I’ve received from several eminent professors, smart and intellectually scrupulous folks whose opinion I value a lot, deeply committed progressives, who have asked that I urge Wittes to greater restraint, because it’s unsporting to shoot fish in a barrel.”

Ken here is making an important point about the disdain for the Times implicit in his correspondents’ request. It should be of great concern to the Times that distinguished progressives consider it too soft a target to be worth my time.

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