If you've ever seen your cat playing with a doomed mouse, then you've witnessed the Hugh Hewitt interview with Joel Stein. It made me cringe for Stein, forever stained by a stupid column.
As an editor myself (admittedly not for the paper), I became angry at Stein's editor for not sending up a flag to the poor man. As a newspaper employee, however, I understand the feeling the editor must have had: "BONANZA!!!" It is what sells. Creates cancellations, too, but the initial splash will fade in memory.
One can only hope that Stein will eventually be able to recover from the awful mess he created.