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Virginia Heffernan Is Moving to the Opinion Pages at the New York Times

Virginia Heffernan, former columnist for The New York Times Magazine, has a new position at the Times: starting Monday, she will “write regularly for the Opinion pages,” she told Adweek.

She also announced her new position over Twitter: “Some late Wednesday news: I’m going to the NYT’s Opinion pages. Excited.”

Heffernan, 41, was with the Times Magazine for four years until earlier this year, when new editor Hugo Lindgren decided to end her column, “The Medium.”

This news comes following several departures at the Times‘ Opinion pages, including Bob Herbert, who recently left to pursue other projects, Frank Rich, who left earlier this month for New York magazine, David Shipley, who left for Bloomberg’s new opinion venture, and editor Mark Lotto, who is leaving for GQ.

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Bob Herbert Devotes His Last New York Times Column to the “Scandalous” Maldistribution of Wealth

Bob Herbert‘s career as a columnist for the New York Times spanned nearly 18 years, during which he devoted much of his column space to issues of poverty and wealth inequality in the United States. His final op-ed for the Times appeared on Saturday.

Herbert used his last lines to call the war in Libya a scandalous misplacement of American priorities, considering the state of the economy:

Limitless greed, unrestrained corporate power and a ferocious addiction to foreign oil have led us to an era of perpetual war and economic decline… As the Economic Policy Institute has reported, the richest 10 percent of Americans received an unconscionable 100 percent of the average income growth in the years 2000 to 2007, the most recent extended period of economic expansion.

It didn’t use to be this way, Herbert writes: “Through much of the post-World War II era, income distribution was far more equitable, with the top 10 percent of families accounting for just a third of average income growth, and the bottom 90 percent receiving two-thirds.”

Instead of “pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war,” Herbert suggests we take a closer look at the seeds this wealth inequality may be sowing at home. “This inequality,” writes Herbert, “is a world-class recipe for social unrest. Downward mobility is an ever-shortening fuse leading to profound consequences.”

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Columnist Bob Herbert Is Leaving The New York Times After Almost 20 Years

After nearly 20 years with the New York Times, columnist Bob Herbert has resigned, editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal announced in a staff memo Friday. His last column will appear in the paper on Saturday.

“He was often called ‘the conscience of The Times,’” Rosenthal wrote. “We will miss him and wish him the best in his new endeavors.”

In a message accompanying the announcement, Herbert explained his decision:

The deadlines and demands were a useful discipline, but for some time now I have grown eager to move beyond the constriction of the column format, with its rigid 800-word limit, in favor of broader and more versatile efforts.

It may be difficult to imagine the Times Op-Ed page without Herbert’s voice, and Rosenthal said it was too soon to know who might replace Herbert, and whether it would be one person or possibly more.

This is only the latest in a series of shakeups at the Times Op-Ed page, including Frank Rich, who left earlier this month for New York magazine, David Shipley, who left for Bloomberg’s new opinion venture, and editor Mark Lotto, who is leaving for GQ.

Does the NYT Have an Obama Shaped Hole in Their Heart?

071103_obama_vmed_8p.widec.jpgSo this last week or so there seems to have been a bit of a rude awakening re Barack Obama over at the New York Times op-ed pages. First off, last Friday (July 4, no less) the editorial board wrote a piece titled “New and Not Improved” about how Obama’s recent move to the middle was enormously distressing, especially considering all that change he’s been promising (politicians promising change, crazy!). “We are not shocked when a candidate moves to the center for the general election. But Mr. Obama’s shifts are striking because he was the candidate who proposed to change the face of politics, the man of passionate convictions who did not play old political games…We don’t want any “redefining” on these big questions. This country needs change it can believe in.” Snap!

Then on Saturday, Bob Herbert accused Obama of “lurching with abandon,” of “not being the man “we had when we began,” of “taking his base for granted.” Did no one there read David Brooks very sharp “The Two Obamas” (yep, every once in a while he knocks one out of the park)? Better yet perhaps they should glance at MoDo‘s recent relationship advice column where she tells us that “infatuation trumps judgment,” because when it comes to Obama the Times is sounding less like a newspaper contending with the reality and audacity of American politics and more like a disillusioned lover. As per usual, Gail Collins provides the sharpest insight:

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Media Events: 02.14.07

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WEDNESDAY 02.14.07

WHAT: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Finding Oprah’s Roots
WHEN: 6:30PM
WHERE: The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: The influential Harvard scholar will discuss his new book with Times columnist Bob Herbert.

WHAT: Valentine’s Evening with the Crumbs
WHO: Famed cartoonist husband-wife duo R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky Crumb
WHEN: 7:00PM
WHERE: New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum, 42nd Street at Fifth Avenue
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: The legendary pair will discuss 35 years of living, loving, and working together, as chronicled in the Mrs.’ new Need More Love: A Graphic Memoir.
NOTE: Sold out, but some stand-by tickets available at the door.

WHAT: Selected Shorts: Falling In Love
WHO: Author Alice Hoffman
WHEN: 8:00PM
WHERE: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Hoffman (Practical Magic, Here on Earth) presents the tales, to be read by several actresses including Hope Davis.

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