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San Franciscans support shoe thrower by 12-1 margin – Updated

Filed under: Uncategorized — aunursa @ 5:38 am

Letters in today’s Chronicle expressed support for the Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at President Bush by a ratio of 12-1.  Twelve writers expressed support for, satisfaction of, or humor in the attack.  My understanding is that editors seek to publish letters on an issue in a similar ratio to the letters they receive.

While it’s no longer surprising, it’s still disappointing, that so many can justify in their own minds an assault as a legitimate manner of expression — apparently not realizing that a shoe can fly in more than one direction.  Equally disheartening is the popularity of the notion that reporters, who are supposed to at least appear unbiased, should instead take sides.

Update 12/18: Five letters critical of the previous day’s mob mentality, including at least two from self-identified Bush opponents, appeared in today’s Chronicle.  Perhaps there’s hope yet for civilized debate and journalistic accountability.


  1. If I were to, say, throw a shoe at one of the authors of the “Good for that guy” letters, would his letter itself be usable in my own defense? “Look your honor, apparently he supports this kind of thing, so I figured he’d be ok with it.”

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 12/17/2008 @ 6:09 am

  2. San Francisco has not been a serious city for at least three decades. Its homeless population, gang wars, and drunken lecherous mayor are problems that are, unfortunately, well-deserved as a byproduct of its arrogant and smarmy liberalism.

    Comment by JVW — 12/17/2008 @ 10:48 am

  3. Scott, want to throw some shoes at some MSM reporters?

    Comment by PCD — 12/17/2008 @ 11:48 am

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