Now here we hit an area of almost complete disagreement.
You're most certainly better than the type of person you're characterizing Groth as (inaccurately in my eyes), and folks here expect quite a bit from you. A modicum of intelligence, a touch of utter snottiness, a certain amount of appropriate bile, and an occasionally wry sense of humor. My guess is that you expect about the same from yourself.
If you were the publisher of a long running magazine I'd hope that you wouldn't blanderize your personality for the sake of trying to avoid irking people that you have no qualms about offending.
So while it's true that you're possibly no better than Groth (I don't know, I've never met either of you), in your own way you're as good as Groth at being offensive towards the folks that need a little offending.