From USA Today:
NEW YORK (AP) — A month after running a negative review of John Irving's new novel, The Washington Post has run a negative review of that review.
I just feel that regardless of the reasoning, it's a little gross for an author to write in and complain about a review. It reeks of bad sportsmanship. He could have at least had a friend make the complaint. We'd all still know that it was Irving complaining, but it wouldn't look nearly as bad.