John Huey, Master of Metaphor

Awkward moments in media management: In the midst of Time Inc. editor in chief John Huey’s search for a replacement for Time managing editor Jim Kelly, Kelly collected two Ellies–including the evening-ending heavyweight-division prize for general excellence, which drew a pointedly sustained ovation from Kelly’s fellow editors.

Today, Huey gamely celebrated the win, in a long and fulsome e-mail (posted in full at Gawker). Among the all-caps praises:

IT IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHO WAS SITTING IN THE PILOT’S SEAT AT TIME ON THE MORNING OF 9/11/01, AND HASN’T MADE A MISSTEP SINCE.

Sitting in the what, now?