Monday, October 24, 2005
If You Missed Lynn Sweets Commentary, Dont Worry: You Can Get it in Her Reporting.
So far as I know, the Sun-Times is the only major newspaper that allows its chief (and only) Washington correspondent, charged with reporting the news, Lynn Sweet, which should be a full-time job, to double as an opinion purveyor on its Op Ed pages. It is an admixture of what is purportedly straight news with so-called analysis. Last week the woman who is hired to report the Washington news straight, including the Harriet Miers confirmation, swept grandly onto the editorial page as is her frequent wont to tell us that to rubber stamp the selection of a woman would be sexist in its own way. Oh, o.k. if you say so, Lynn. Im sure that back in the news section youll give Harriet the unbiased treatment she deserves, right? Right. The late Steve Neal, an acerbic columnist who despite my ideological differences with him, was an important read for me, declined to report the news at the same time because he recognized it would be a conflict of interest. No other journalist Im aware of wears these double hats. On second thought, reading Sweet once wherever she appearsin news or Commentary seems to be the same.
Another indispensable read for me is Maureen Dowd in The New York Times. If Ive ever agreed with Dowd on anything, it would be the first time. But you dont read Dowd on the news pages.