Loose Lips

Non-Deliberate Dis?

Boy, Washington Post Metro columnist Courtland Milloy must really have it in for D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray.

Sure, at first blush, it looks like Milloy's column this morning–which fetes Gray as a "gentleman" of  "personal kindness"–is another love letter from the Postie, who previously slammed Gray's rival for going "out of his way to snub and disrespect even the most revered" black women.

But then how do you explain Milloy's casual reference to the Council Chairman's "deliberative legislative style?"

Did Milloy not read his colleague Tim Craig's lengthy August 20 profile of Gray? In that piece, Craig writes that "in an interview, Gray said nothing makes him angrier than when he reads news accounts calling him 'deliberative.'"

So, congrats, Mr. Milloy. You've just written something that made Gray angrier than any single other thing could have.

Luckily, Craig's piece also featured a suggestion you might want to drop into later editions of the paper: In the story, Gray went on to say that "I prefer the term 'thoughtful.'"

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