Come on. Being named the NYT’s first ever ombudsman during this era of constant attacks on mainstream media is like being ordered into martyrdom without the promise of the virgins.
And so it was for Daniel Okrent who reflected on his tour of duty:
When you go to the dentist to have root-canal work, you know it will hurt, but that will not make the hurt go away. I knew it would be difficult and unpleasant, and, as it turned out, it was difficult and unpleasant.