Making fun of criticism

“The wit of the Journal of Commerce  is excruciating.   Our paper, forsooth, is the ‘Lie-be-rator’.   Very good and very true, and therefore very creditable. To ‘berate’ a ‘lie’ is to anathematize and scout it: hence our frequent scourging of the J. of. C for its unscrupulous mendacity . — Ed. Lib.   ”       (Liberator, May 27, 1853, pg 4)