May 17, 2005

Revenge of the Newspaper Nerds

I just had to share this quote from an old New York article by Stephen J. Dubner that I just got around to reading. To provide some context, it's a comment made by former Times sports columnist Robert Lipsyte about editor Howell Raines (who was ultimately ousted after the whole Jayson Blair debacle):

"If Howell really had been the coach of a football team," says Lipsyte, "he would have been successful, because jocks are basically sissies and they roll over for alpha males. But what he had was a bunch of nerds, and nerds take it and take it and take it and then show up in the cafeteria with an AK-47."

Yeah nerds.

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