So what next? Kristof suggests, dialectically, that "...the only way forward is for each of us to struggle on our own to work out intellectually with sparring partners whose views we deplore."
What does working this out intellectually going to look like? The question is if we as readers/thinkers have not supported newspapers which presented themselves as admirable sparring partners how are we to be trusted to pick out our own sparring partners? We have already demonstrated that we are not particulary good at taking blows to the head.