You always have to wonder how low he'll stoop, but Falls Church News-Press "Owner-Editor" Nicholas Benton unleashed a crude ad hominem attack on City Council Member Ira Kaylin in last week's editorial. As usual, Benton includes a dozen or so unintended ironies. The best is his intense scorn for all bankers everywhere. Apparently Kaylin used to be a banker, we are told.
Of course, Benton elsewhere has proudly noted that bankers served a useful purpose some 20 years ago when he needed seed money for his startup newspaper. Back then, he gathered a dozen or so postcards from members of the local Chamber of Commerce and used them for collateral for a bank loan. So, by his logic, I guess that makes Benton a pliable tool both of the business community and of Wall Street. Wouldn't that make him worse than what he accuses Kaylin of?