For anybody looking for 7-10 minutes of solid comedy, the “David Archuletta incident” at the Herald is a very worthy choice. Archuletta, the baby faced American Idol contestant, was recently given a bad review by a Herald arts writer, Ann Rivall. The article garnered the response of literally hundreds of angry Archuletta partisans. In response, Herald Arts editor Cailey Hammel wrote “An open letter to Archuletta fans.” In response to that, a journalism professor from an obscure university submitted a letter to the editor protesting unprofessional student journalism.
The ultimate irony is that on the same day that the Herald printed an LTE which discouraged writers from confronting anonymous comments, Dan Carter wrote a column in response to nasty anonymous comments on his previous article. The headline “Anonymous says this piece blows,” was classic.