While Michael Kinsley had fans inside the Times, he also created a legion of detractors. Reassigning half the editorial writers to new jobs, and piling work on those who remain, will do that. So will ignoring conventions, urging jail for journalists who protect their sources, edging longtime writers out of the paper and running a section from Seattle. Anyway, those delighted that Kinsley is gone have been sending around an email invoking Fitzgerald to poke fun at what Kinsley wrought. Caution, rare LAO literary reference ahead:
The Great Kinsley
"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made..."