Some readers were scratching their heads over Monday's "At the Water Cooler" feature on the front page.
The short feature runs in the "This Week" column every Monday. This week, it took a swipe at the Olympics just ended - "Gone are the fake fireworks, the flags that fluttered with the aid of air jets and the little girl lyp-synching during the opening ceremonies."
And there was this comment on Joe Biden, Barack Obama's choice for vice president: "No word on the date of Biden's next gaffe."
"What exactly is the news content of your 'At the Water Cooler' blurb on the front page today?" - Lee Kirby, Raleigh, who took exception to the Biden snipe. "And why the reference (on the heels of your recent headline that Biden is the "attack-dog") to 'No word on whether the odds have been posted on the date of Biden's next gaffe?' Biden is a long-time substantial senator who has some of the most well thought-out positions on policy, particularly foreign policy, of any of our leaders."
"Those comments were totally uncalled for, reflecting the all too typical ‘Ugly American’ attitude. I for one much prefer those Chinese Olympics to the ‘real’ political theater that will be on display the next two weeks.” - Bob Stalder.
Weekend Editor Ned Barnett says "At the Water Cooler" is intended to be a light Monday-morning gloss on the weekend buzz. It's supposed to be breezy and conversational, Barnett says. This week's version verged into the political and opinionated, which confused readers.