One element of the professional media corps that distinguishes it from foaming bloggers is a refined sense of propriety. Of decorum and discipline. There are times of particular cultural sensitivity when it’s just not appropriate to cast aspersions on groups not inclined to tolerate criticism. Those would be days that end in the letter y. To do otherwise is simply gauche. Professionals understand this.
Every group claims such moments of media deference. Christmas is another example. Traditional America holds this as its most sacred holiday. A time for love, forgiveness, and appreciation. Even if each of these disintegrates by sundown, we still pay tribute to the aspirations of our virtue. It is said amateurs talk tactics while pros talk terrain. And pros in the media know Christmas is the terrain one doesn’t attack from.
That’s why New York Times’ management paused its artillery long enough to run a rare expression…
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