By day, he is Tom Hammerschmidt, editor-in-chief of the Washington Herald, scourge of section editors and berater of beat reporters.
By night, he is Thom the Hammer. Yes, with an extra ‘h’ in Thom. Just to mess with the senior copy editor. Also to distinguish himself from former GOP Majority Whip Tom “the Hammer” DeLay. He will mercilessly squash your most promising leads, especially those about the sharing economy or the next hot cryptocurrency. His blunt instrument is no longer his voice, but an actual blunt instrument.