By and large, when we get letters from readers that we feel like posting, we don't edit them much. If it's somebody we like, we might correct a few spelling and grammar errors here and there. If we don't like them, they're free to hang on their command of the English language and their ability to use spellcheck. We, however, are not the New York Times. And when Thos. Friedman lambastes GM in a ridiculously doofy fashion and the automaker justifably asks for the opportunity to respond, the copy desk apparently feels that "rubbish" is not a word to be used in the august pages of the Gray Lady. Because, well, a gray lady would never say something so profane. Arianna's new "Eat the Press" section of the HuffPo's got the dish.
The Delicate Dance of the New York Times Letters Page [The Huffington Post]
Autoextremist Still Doesn't Like Thomas Friedman, Steve Harris Sorta Okay [Internal]