Wednesday, September 30, 2009

William Safire on "How to Read a Column"

Bill Safire, long-time conservative Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, wrote an excellent and humorous op-ed in 2005 that's worth reading in these polarized times.

Check out "How to Read a Column."

His advice includes:
  • Never look for the story in the lede.
  • Watch for repayment of favors. -- Saw a lot of payback recently in reviews of
  • Cast aside any column about two subjects. (He's got good reason for this.)
It's good advice, too, for people trying to contribute articles to op-ed pages.

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