March 12, 2005


Frank Rich to Resume Column in Op-Ed Section (NY Times, March 11, 2005)

The New York Times announced yesterday that Frank Rich, the front-page columnist in its Arts & Leisure section, would move next month to a redesigned Op-Ed package that will be expanded to two pages in the Week in Review section, following the editorials.

Bill Keller, executive editor, and Gail Collins, editor of the editorial page, said, "We all hope this expansion will create new interest and buzz." They added that to ensure that attention, Ms. Collins and the publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., had asked Mr. Rich to return to the opinion pages, where he wrote a column until two years ago.

"In his time at The Times," Mr. Keller and Ms. Collins said in a note to the staff, "Frank Rich has repeatedly set milestones in the world of critical journalism. As a theater critic, he took his assignment beyond play-reviewing to become a ferocious and influential champion of what is good and original in the art form. As an Op-Ed columnist he pioneered a longer form of essay, which he performed while simultaneously writing in even greater depth for the magazine.

"At Arts & Leisure he developed his own brand of social criticism, in a column that combined intensive reporting, immersion in the popular culture and a unique gift for seeing connections between culture and public life."

Mr. Rich's column will be essay length, about twice the wordage of a typical Op-Ed column.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2005 8:29 AM

Frank Rich, the quintessential NY Timesperson, self-important, verbose, knee-jerk liberal, dishonorable, distinctly unpopular.

Posted by: Bart at March 12, 2005 11:49 AM

You could hit a tri-fecta, read Dowd, Krugman and Rich and your head would implode.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at March 12, 2005 1:47 PM

Couldn't they at least have selected a new tiresome liberal columnist instead of recycling an old one?

Posted by: carter at March 12, 2005 6:01 PM
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