March 1, 2005

BEST OF A BAD LOT:

The Times Names Tierney as Op-Ed Columnist (MARIA NEWMAN, 3/01/05, NY Times)

The New York Times today named John Tierney as an Op-Ed columnist, with his columns scheduled to appear twice a week, beginning in April.

"John is a smart reporter and innovative thinker who will always come upwith an unexpected take on the issues of the day," said Arthur SulzbergerJr., publisher of The New York Times.

Mr. Tierney, 51, has been with the Times since 1990, and more recently, wrote the weekly "Political Points" column during the 2004 presidential campaign.

Mr. Tierney began his career at the Times as a general-assignment reporter, and later went on to work as a staff writer for the magazine, and a columnist. He wrote about New York in the "Big City" column, which ran for eight years, first in The Times Magazine and then twice a week in The Times's Metro Section.


He inherits the William Safire libertarian chair on an op-ed page that badly needs a conservative instead, but he's as sensible as their staff gets.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 1, 2005 2:20 PM
Comments

Almost every occasion I read a Times article and it makes some degree of sense, I see Tierney's by-line. He has a real Outer Boroughs feel the Times sorely needs.

Posted by: Bart at March 1, 2005 3:35 PM

I like Tierney. Of course he is more a Libertarian than a Conservative, but its not like the NYTimes knows what the difference is.

Safire, OTOH wasn't a libertarian, he was a Nixonian and a moderate Republican of the old school, Nelson Rockefeller and all that. Didn't he support Clinton?

OJ, if you want Krugman's slot after his head explodes, you are going to have to hone your chops at the column (900 word) level.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at March 2, 2005 2:37 AM

Safire supported Clinton because Old Bush was so bad on foreign policy. I believe it was the old wordsmith Safire who coined the phrase 'Chicken Kiev speech.' I was a Perotista. :)

Posted by: Bart at March 2, 2005 7:12 AM
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