Kinsley Calls Finke “Idiot” — and Finke Wrong About “Outside the Tent”
I recently criticized a Nikki Finke piece on Michael Kinsley, which criticized him for being too far to the left, and for not being far enough to the left. Turns out Kinsley himself is upset (no surprise there), in part for the same reasons I found her piece unfair:
Finke is hard to please. John Carroll stands accused of alienating conservative subscribers by hiring a legendary lefty (ie, me) to run the LA Times opinion pages, and also of overlooking Los Angeless progressive movement by hiring an old school liberal who makes no serious argument (also me).
Kinsley’s letter pulls no punches. It opens: “I knew that Nikki Finke is an idiot, of course, but I had no idea that she was such a fuddy-duddy.” (Via L.A. Observed.)
I also questioned the accuracy of Finke’s claim that the paper is ending the “Outside the Tent” feature. Turns out I was right to do so. Sunday
Opinion Current Editor Bob Sipchen responded to my inquiry today to confirm that the feature is alive and well.