What I thought about as I initially read the article was this:
Like most 40-year olds in the mainstream, RW is over-the-hill, soft-in-the-middle, and has completely sold-out from the idealism of its youth.
It is interesting that one of Shorter's associates from back in the day, John L. Parker, Jr., took the opportunity in Once A Runner (published in the '70s) to call out RW for being what I have seen message board posters claim it has become since they first subscribed 3-10 years ago. The magazine has not really changed dramatically, it only seems that way once one becomes educated.
(OK, a recent issue had ultrarunner Karnazes on the cover, but that raises another frustration I have with the mag but won't broach here.)
Go ahead, you may as well.