The editorial page editor of the Anchorage Daily News couldn’t help himself. Tom Hewitt just had to respond to the critiques of his former newspaper colleagues Dermot Cole and Pat Dougherty, in this lively exchange, during which he tried to explain his position without explaining it and without actually endorsing his newspaper’s position.
In doing so, Hewitt distanced himself from the owners of the largest newspaper in Alaska, and he also distanced himself from the “wait and see” editorial he had penned on their behalf, basically saying he wrote it, but he doesn’t own it.
All of these nocturnal discharges came over what amounts to a 13 percent cut to state government, (and still a deficit of over $750 million.) The Left is beside itself and they’re staying up all night.
Here’s the Twitter exchange, in part, to give you a sense of what the Newspaper Boys do with their spare time:
Did Hewitt really just say that? Yes, he did.
Then he goes on to bicker with the most left-leaning writer in Alaska, by saying it’s not a decision he “gets to make,” which is a bit of virtue signaling to indicate he disagrees with what he wrote for the newspaper:
It went like this, back and forth, through the night as progressive journalists argued about whether this is Armageddon and whether the Binkley family ownership of the newspaper is essentially complicit in the scheme to destroy the state.
But the Twitter war didn’t end there with the journalists. Andrew Halcro, who is the executive director of the Anchorage Community Development Authority and an appointee of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, had this to say about the governor’s budget: