A reader writes:
"Hoyt noted, however, that the executive who approved the ad did not view it as a personal attack. Rudy Giuliani, a leading GOP presidential candidate and former New York mayor, received the same rate for a response ad he placed days later, Hoyt wrote."
As for whether the MoveOn ad was a "personal attack":
"The executive who approved the ad, Hoyt wrote, said the ad was 'rough' but that 'he regarded it as a comment on a public official's management of his office and therefore acceptable speech for The Times to print.'"