April 10, 2005


'NY Times' Unveils Expanded Opinion Section (E&P Staff, April 10, 2005)

As promised, The New York Times unveiled its expanded Sunday op-ed section, a move set in motion at least partly by the decision to move the lengthy Frank Rich contributions here from Arts & Leisure. But there are several added angles, as well.

For one thing, since the new two-page group of columns runs as a spread, not merely opposite the editorials, the name has been changed from op-ed to “opinion.”

The paper has also shuffled columnists with longtime Sunday favorites Maureen Dowd and Thomas L. Friedman exiting this space to other days. The regulars on Sunday, as announced today by Gail Collins, the editorial page editor, will be Rich, Nicholas Kristof, and David Brooks. [...]

She said that the Times has been doing a better job in promoting political diversity lately “than with a range of genders, ethnicities or even hometowns.” The entire stable of Times columnists resides in the Northeast corridor.

They offer the full range of opinion from Boston to Washington and from liberal Republican to liberal Democrat.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 10, 2005 6:15 PM

Still not going to subcribe, Falsifiers!

Posted by: oswald booth czolgosz at April 10, 2005 7:55 PM

"At Bob's Country Bunker, we've got both kinds of music— Country and Western!"

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 10, 2005 8:27 PM

Rescheduling Ms. Dowd's column to only run on leap days would be a start towards improving the op-ed page, but I'm afraid they'll use their extra 200 or so column inches on four liberals for ever one new conservative who is given space for their opinion piece.

Posted by: John at April 10, 2005 11:35 PM

Expecting balance from the NY Times is like expecting it from Granma or the Pyongyang Gazette. It isn't so much the fact that the Times tilts the Op-Ed page left and that it slants the news with its biases, but that they seem to believe that the readership is too stupid to notice.

Posted by: bart at April 11, 2005 6:46 AM