November 14, 2007
Maureen Dowd has the dwindles
Look at the photo above.
What do you see?
It's page 14 (of 14) of this past Sunday's (November 11, 2007) New York Times Week in Review section.
The Times now has three Op-Ed pages on Sundays.
This past one featured regular columnists Thomas L. Friedman and Frank Rich and Public Editor Clark Hoyt, guest essays by Michael Lewis and Damon Lindelof, and a section featuring highlights and comment from the Online Opinion page, all on pages 12 and 13.
Then, on the back page, which gets much less attention and is therefore more or less purdah for a Times columnist, who should be occupying a spot but none other than the Times' former star, Maureen Dowd?
How far she has fallen from the days when she was the apple of Howell Raines's eye.
I've noticed over the past few months that the placement of her column has become less and less prominent, moving from the prime outside edge on the weekday Op-Ed page to all sorts of less visible places.
But the back page of the Op-Ed section?
Bill Keller is sending a message, in no uncertain terms.
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None of those six bagels look particularly tasty to me...Maybe Green would be better
Posted by: David G | Nov 14, 2007 6:20:53 PM
The idea of comparing brain activities reminds me strongly of this...
I should perhaps warn viewers that the above link contains comedy of a nature that may be considered offensive by people with knees that jerk. Those that actually take the trouble to realise it's /lampooning/ the behaviour portrayed will probably find it funny.
I don't know whether you have "Till Death Us Do Part" in the States - with Warren Mitchell playing Alf Garnet, a elderly racist boor. Even now, forty years later, Mitchell (Jewish and decidedly left wing) gets congratulated by taxi drivers and the like on his right wing views.
Posted by: Skipweasel | Nov 14, 2007 4:36:42 PM
That's a very interesting observation.
Dowd had been relegated to Saturday for a while to make room for Frank Rich's double-sized wind-baggedness. Obviously, her presence back on the Sunday page causes some layout problems.
Posted by: Mo MoDo | Nov 14, 2007 3:39:21 PM
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