The New York Times is still getting grief about its Lolo Jones hit piece, and so the paper’s public editor, Arthur Brisbane, has posted a letter to those readers who have complained.

Brisbane says because it was under the Times’ “In The Rings” section, it was an opinion, though one many disagreed with. He adds that he believed the article to be too rough:

In this particular case, I think the writer was particularly harsh, even unnecessarily so…

I believe writers like Jere Longman, who does have a long and worthy track record at The Times, should have some room to express their hard-earned perspective. But this piece struck me as quite harsh and left me, along with others, wondering why the tone was so strong.