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Why Doesn’t the NYT Have a ‘Serious’ Female Columnist?

s-GAIL-COLLINS-MAUREEN-DOWD-large.jpgYou may have noticed New York Times editor Andy Rosenthal is in the ‘Talk to the Times’ hot seat this week. Romenesko picked up this little gem of a question from Paul Bilsky who asked: “I find it a bit peculiar that the two women columnists, Maureen Dowd and Gail Collins, are satirical and humorous. I adore their writing, and generally think they are spot on, but it is almost like you cannot get a “serious” woman columnist. Do you agree?” Says Rosenthal:

O.K., so I admit. I’m answering this because it’s a slow, hanging ball…I would be the last person alive to suggest that Maureen Dowd and Gail Collins are not serious columnists. They are indeed, very serious.

Slow hanging ball? Our opinion of Modo (questionable) and Gail Collins (unquestionable) is no secret around these parts, but what say you readers, does he have a point?

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