Smithsonian chief should stand up or step down
Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough was undoubtedly correct [“Clough defends removal of video,” Style, Jan. 19] when he said, “This institution is a big place. . . . It continues to do its work.” Unfortunately, what he seems unable to grasp is just how badly his hasty decision to remove the “A Fire in My Belly” video from the Smithsonian’s outstanding “Hide/Seek” exhibition has diminished the Smithsonian’s reputation — and his own.
Mea culpas about the decision-making process are all well and good. But The Post’s interview with Mr. Clough does not instill any confidence that the next time members of Congress pressure him to remove or modify items — and there will be a next time — he will stand up to them. Unless he is willing to do so, he should step down as head of the Smithsonian in favor of someone who fully embraces its mission.
Steven Alan Honley, Washington
| January 21, 2011; 7:10 PM ET
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