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Tell The Times what you think

At Facebook, 156 people have signed on to Keep “On Language" in the New York Times, which states its purpose succinctly:

Let's get a letter-writing campaign going! Tell the Times what you think of this decision by sending your complaints to these e-mail addresses:

NYT Magazine letters to the editor

NYT Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren

NYT public editor Arthur Brisbane

I have written a letter, though I must tell you that I have little hope that a letter-writing campaign will have much effect. At an American newspaper, nothing is more stubbornly adhered to than a misguided decision—the dumber the decision, the more determinedly.

Still, they shouldn’t get away with this unscathed.



Posted by John McIntyre at 11:15 AM | | Comments (2)


As a retired newspaper editor, I'm afraid I have to agree with you(although I sent lindgren an email)

Thanks for this advice, John. I've fired off a note to all three. You really have to wonder why, of all things, they would cancel "On Language." Is that column space more desperately needed by something else?

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