Your reporter’s sophomoric implication that the readership of U.S. News and World Report consists largely of octogenarians nodding off in dentist’s offices (Department of Media, “The Agony of Defeat,” 9/6) was breathlessly inaccurate. Here’s some accurate information: U.S. News readership is increasing among the 25- to 54-year-old demographic. For the record, the magazine’s total audience now tops 11.8 million people, the median age of our readers is under 46, and the median household income is about $61,000. We would have happily given your writer details on all this, but that would have been problematic, since it didn’t fit in with his obviously preconceived stereotypes.

The Washington City Paper has a long and honorable tradition of

commitment to accurate, high-quality journalism. It may be unfashionable to say so, but the silly, slipshod writing and reporting in your recent piece on U.S. News is unworthy of such a publication.

Editor

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