Columnists do their best to provoke a response from readers, but there’s a very fine line between edgy and just plain insulting. So when a New York Times critic recently decided to invoke a racial stereotype, she got a response all right, just not the one she was hoping for. 


Callie Crossley is the host of WGBH News'  Under the Radar.

Joshua Benton is the director of the Nieman Journalism Lab.

Roy Harris is an author and journalist.

Joanna Weissis a Boston Globe columnist.