I Retract Another Cheap Shot

Oy. Did I really write that The Times’ Dan Barry was blaming David Blaine for murders in the outer boroughs? Unh, yes. Barry responded to that and my criticism of the Times coverage of David Blaine:

first, the times wrote a long sunday piece on may 7th about blaine and did
a television review on the 9th, all before our supposed wink-off of blaine
on the 10th. second, i like stunts and magic. i just don’t embrace faux crises when we
have enough real ones. i don’t like professional sufferers with christ
complexes. i measure bravery a little differently. and, lastly, i suggest
this faux drama — gee, i hope his liver is all right! — was a
distraction, even a welcome one, from realities beyond lincoln center, like
war and murder.

Well, I still think Blaine is brave, and people respond to that. But I apologize; I should have been more nuanced.