Only at the Daily News would I be able to engage in a lively discussion with a co-worker over the differences between a bully and an a**hole (his word, not mine). The conversation was prompted after I submitted my column today's column and an editor said he disagreed with my characterization of Jennifer Livingston's antagonist as a "bully."
To recap, Jennifer Livingston is the overweight TV news anchor who received an email from a viewer who critiqued her size and said she made for a poor role model. Livingston's on-air comeback was a pitch-perfect plea for tolerance, kindness and understanding, and it has gotten almsot 9.7 million hits, and counting.
My editor disagreed that the viewer bullied Livingston.
"Being an a--hole doesn't make you a bully," said the editor, whose exacting approach to word choice helps make our paper great.