What Is “Good Trolling?”

[ Originally published on this site as post ]

I first met Stephen Miller on Twitter in the relatively gentle days of 2012, when he called me a “ridiculous hack” in the course of criticizing our coverage of Mitt Romney.

Miller, who writes under the name @redsteeze and isn’t to be confused with the White House adviser of the same name, is among the most effective of the self-appointed public editors who harry journalists on Twitter. (He also got some attention recently for attending a women-only showing of Wonder Woman.) He comes from the right and has an, in my view unfounded, belief that most media sins can be tracked to an attempt to push a progressive agenda. But in a universe increasingly dominated by bad faith trolls whose