Roberts’ insult

Newly released documents from John Roberts reveal an insult I find offensive. He sniped at a Congressional vote to give its Gold Medal to the late Rep. Leo Ryan, who died taking people away from cultist Jim Jones’ suicide camp in Guyana. Roberts wrote:

The distinction of his service in the House is certainly subject to debate, and his actions leading to his murder can be viewed as those of a publicity hound.

This is a personal one for me: I was at the Examiner in San Francisco then and edited many of the stories that led to that trip and many of the stories that came afterward and saw one colleague killed and another injured there. This was hardly PR.