Economist senior editor Edward Lucas left a comment on National Journal’s story about a Daily Mail article he wrote regarding Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko’s “undeniable sexual magnetism.” In the comment, Lucas didn’t speak highly of The Daily Mail, Joe Coscarelli writes:

Asked to confirm he left the comment, Lucas told Daily Intelligencer, “It is my writing. I make no secret of my disagreement with the Daily Mail on lots of issues…. But if I wrote only for papers I agreed with, I would have much less chance of promoting the ideas I care about.” …

“The money is good, but the real point is impact,” Lucas added when asked if the decision to write for a publication he thinks so low of was financial in nature. “I reach 3 [million] people via the Daily Mail and if I can disabuse them of even a few of their misapprehensions, it’s worth it. For the same reason I accept invites to go on Fox and Glenn Beck.”

Joe Coscarelli, New York

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