Free for All roundup of short critiques of The Post

Saturday, January 16, 2010

No place for cuteness

The Post chose to headline a news item about an intruder who fondles women " 'Cuddler' reported" [Local Digest, Metro, Jan. 11].

If someone is touching your body without your consent, that person is a molester, not a cuddler.

Please do not make light of the experience of the woman who was assaulted Sunday by giving the intruder a warm, fuzzy nickname.

Diane Graham, Potomac

Who are these people?

Kate Julian's Jan. 10 Outlook piece, "What's the big idea?," described some research on "implicit" prejudice and attitudes toward President Obama.

The researchers were "from Stanford and the University of California at Irvine," but none of their names appeared in the article.

It appears that in The Post scientific research is one of the few human activities in which unnamed people do things worthy of publication. You never write that "a new book by a Yale historian argues for a reinterpretation of the Cold War" or that "Serena Williams defeated a Slovenian qualifier 6-1, 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open" or that "the director of 'Avatar' previously won a Best Director Oscar for 'Titanic.' "

Usually, when people do something important, The Post tells us their names. That should be the rule for scientific research, too.

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