Cathy Young responds. "With all due respect, I don't believe the two situations are comparable at all. Surely it is not uncommon for public figures who have been 'savaged' in an article to challenge the accuracy of the report. The dispute, as I understand, was Glass's word against Jacobson's. Moreover, Howard Kurtz quotes Michael Kelly as saying: 'Jacobson accused Glass and the New Republic of shilling for Procter & Gamble.... It seemed to me then, and seems to me now, an utterly irresponsible and baseless charge. He did not have any right to accuse the magazine of something that serious without any evidence.... This was completely separate from whether Glass was a fiction writer.'
"Blair, on the other hand, was the subject of internal complaints within the New York Times itself."