Huan Hsu's article -- which won't see the light of day until tomorrow (4/11 update: it's now tomorrow, here's the light of day) -- about internal policies at the popular homeless newspaper Real Change caused that publication's executive director, Tim Harris, to launch into a singularly bizarre pre-emptive diatribe on his blog last week, purporting to know the arc of Hsu's imminent "expose'"and taking a dig at his East Coast transplant status in the process (it's worth noting that Harris moved here from Boston in the early 90's). Thanks to Harris, letters about the impending story have already begun trickling in via e-mail. But one letter, from a self-avowed "grandmother from Ballard," sticks out for its sheer presumptive idiocy (and we're sure she meant to say "integrity" instead of "intensity," but anyway). Remember, Hsu's article has yet to run. Without further ado, here's our letter of the week -- if not the century (all sic):
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 6:00 PM To: sw letters Subject: Grandmother from Ballard says you suck
Dear Weekly, I've read you for years and the article on dissing Real Change is the worst reporting ever. Whats the matter you afraid of the better competition?
Not only do you make a dumb statement about some of the papers vendors aren't homeless this second. You cast a greater cloud over your journalistic intensity. Please drop off the the Seattle view NOW. Sincerely, A Grandmother from Ballard who knows better than to read you again.