Advice for Kinsley

Michael Kinsley's old friend and Slate colleague Timothy Noah writes today that the L.A. Times should just do away with unsigned editorials. Excerpt:

If the newspaper editorial were, in itself, a compelling journalistic form, it might be worth going on pretending that editorials represent something more than the opinion of a few journalists assigned to the editorial page and their boss, the editorial page editor. But the genre has certain built-in defects. One is that editorials typically lack sufficient length to marshal evidence and lay out a satisfactory argument. Instead, they tend toward either timidity, at one extreme, or posturing, at the other. Almost every editorial I've ever read in my life has fallen into one of two categories: boring or irresponsible.

In today's New York Times, Stacy Schiff — one of the guest fill-ins for Maureen Dowd, who is on book leave — questions the LAT's move toward "wikitorials."

(Via Romenesko)


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