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Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Rosenthal’

Media React to NYT Op-Ed Urging Legalization of Marijuana

In the marijuana world, today’s date could become a three-digit rallying cry almost as seminal as the San Rafael, California-coined slang ”420.”

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For it is in the 7-27 Sunday print edition that the New York Times editorial board has officially come out in favor of the nationwide legalization of marijuana:

In coming days, we will publish articles by members of the editorial board and supplementary material that will examine these questions. We invite readers to offer their ideas, and we will report back on their responses, pro and con.

We recognize that this Congress is as unlikely to take action on marijuana as it has been on other big issues. But it is long past time to repeal this version of Prohibition.

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NY Times Might Publish Woody Allen Response to Allegations

Woody Allen wants his say. The 78-year-old actor, screenwriter and director, has contacted the New York Times about penning a response to the powerful op-ed by Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter. Farrow’s piece, as you probably know, detailed her memories of Allen sexually molesting her when she was seven years old.

The Times’ opinion editor, Andrew Rosenthal, explained today that just because Allen wants a chance to reply to Farrow, doesn’t mean he’ll get it. He told the Times’ public editor that “It comes down to the editing process,” and that “Normally, we don’t publish a direct response.”

Of course that’s a bunch of bullshit. If Allen does indeed send in a reply, the Times is going to publish it. This has been too big of story for the paper. There’s zero chance it ignores a way to keep things going, despite the difficult subject matter.

NY Times Editor Calls NY Observer Piece ‘Crazy Rant’

Cat fight! Sort of. The first strike was by The New York Observer’s editor — Ken Kurson — on the unsuspecting New York Times. Now, the Times has responded. A little background: Kurson’s cover story was a takedown of the Times’ editorial page and its editor, Andrew Rosenthal.

Kurson essentially described the Times’ Op-Ed desk as all the bad stuff about high school. Rosenthal was called “petty” and the environment was labeled as so bad that reporters won’t even let Rosenthal sit at their lunch tables. The piece is hilariously amazing. It’s also, according to Jill Abramson, executive editor of the Times, wrong.

In an email to Capital New York, Abramson called the Observer piece “the crazy rant of someone with an agenda, certainly not the view of the newsroom of The New York Times.”

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Vladimir Putin: Unpaid Journalist

Everyone is talking about Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Timesso we’re glad that the paper has disclosed how it went down. According to Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor, it wasn’t exactly the most exciting collection of events:

The Times editorial department was approached Wednesday by an American public relations firm that represents Mr. Putin, offering the piece. Also on Wednesday, Mr. Putin’s spokesman, in the course of an interview about Syria, mentioned to The Times’s Moscow bureau chief Steven Lee Myers that an article was in the works.

Huh. For a guy that drives Formula One cars, dives for archeological treasures, takes Judo classes and more, this is pretty boring stuff. In fact, the most notable item about how Putin ended up in the Times was that he won’t be paid. We like to imagine the Andrew Rosenthal, the Times’ op-ed editor, sent Putin’s team an email promising Putin exposure via a byline, but no payment.

Poor Putin. Maybe he could start a blog?

The New York Times Expands Online Opinion Section

Apparently that new Op-Ed section the New York Times launched back in June is working, because the paper just announced that it’s expanding its Opinion section on the website as well. According to a company press release, the new content will be rolling out over the next few weeks, and will include:

We’re particularly interested in Ronsenthal’s blog (opinions about opinions!) but the other features seem worth checking out as well. No doubt we’ll be hearing more about this as the features are launched, so we’ll keep you posted.

Alterman Moves to TheNation.com, Still Awaiting Times‘ Kristol Apology

item760555718.jpgEric Alterman has moved his blog Altercations over to TheNation.com from Media Matters. This is the third stop in over six years for the blog, having begun at MSNBC before moving over to Media Matters in 2006. In today’s post Alterman takes a swipe at newly departed Times columnist Bill Kristol.

When the Times was overwhelmed by complaints for the insult Kristol represented to its readership, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal, speaking to Politico, dismissed all criticism of this “serious, respected conservative intellectual” as “intolerant,” “absurd,” and indicative of a “weird fear of opposing views.”

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The Times to Tell You What They Think Instantly

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Sometimes it can be a challenge to keep up with the New York Times online expansion. Today’s installment of what’s new at the NYT.com brings news of “Instant Op-ed.” Editorial Page Editor Andrew Rosenthal tells E&P:

Our Op-Ed now is very rapid response, but it is at the most the next day. We are looking at a way to take advantage of the expandability of the Internet, the back and forth of it and the instantaneous nature of the Internet. Taking ideas that have existed in Op-Ed form and giving them a robust position online.

You know what that sounds like to us? A blog! Does this mean MoDo will be blogging (we can only dream!). Sadly no, it sounds more like the Times wants to have at their disposal some sort of panel of experts to weigh in on the issue of the moment.

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Instant Op/Ed Coming Soon

060302stray_mutt_byu_opinion.jpgE&P’s Joe Strupp has a piece about how the NYT is making plans to do an instant op/ed…or at least a quicker one.

“Our Op-Ed now is very rapid response, but it is at the most the next day,” said Andrew Rosenthal. “We are looking at a way to take advantage of the expandability of the Internet, the back and forth of it and the instantaneous nature of the Internet. Taking ideas that have existed in Op-Ed form and giving them a robust position online.”

Rosenthal said three editors, among them former editorial writers, are teaming up with a Web producer to oversee the initiative. He said the team is gathering a list of numerous experts on a variety of issues to be ready to provide quick comments, essays and columns on issues or stories that come up in the news. He said the idea is to have a group that provides opinions soon after news occurs, with a solid Web space dedicated to them.

“One of them could write a piece arguing that something is a terrible idea, then another could argue that it is a great idea and a third could react to those,” Rosenthal explained. “Readers could also comment, as they do now.”

Doesn’t this sound like CNN Debate Audience Reaction Meter in print? Does everything have to be instant? Isn’t the op/ed page one of the last places (sometime) thoughtful analysis gets featured?

Here’s our instant reaction – we hate it.