Most of Howard Kurtz's Media Notes column in today's Washington Post is about the public squabble between Susan Estrich and Michael Kinsley that began as a rift over how many women write for the L.A. Times op-ed page and Opinion section. Kurtz reports that LAT Editor John Carroll wrote Estrich on Feb. 18 to complain about "the extravagant malice of your comments about Mike Kinsley." Estrich responded, Kurtz says, by accusing him of "constitutionally impermissible libel." In the piece, Estrich says that she did not intend her email exchange with Kinsley to become public and says it's not personal: "This isn't about egos. My only concern is that the L.A. Times opinion pages, unfortunately like too many in this country, are dominated by men, and I'd like to see that change." On her website, Estrich appears to be updating the count of op-ed stories by sex of the writer.
Kurtz link via Romenesko