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Friday, July 25, 2003
 
In the midst of researching my last post about Plame, I discovered that conservatives have yet another complaint againt the Times: that their editorial writers are inadequately trained in the topics they write about. I'm all for the NYT responding to complaints from such obviously impartial observers as Messrs Hobbs and Luskin, so I herewith offer a modest proposal to restore the Times' credibility: they should pick an important subject - economics, say. Hire an op-ed writer who's an undisputed expert in the topic. Somebody whose credentials are just over the top - say, a degreee from an Ivy League school such as Yale, and a PhD. from somewhere equally impressive, like MIT. Add in experience teaching at both of those schools, and maybe Stanford and another Ivy League college to boot. Plus governmental experience, something like the President's Council of Economic Advisers. And just to top it off, somebody who has won prestigious awards for his work from his fellow economists, such as the AEA's John Bates Clark Medal, the Nikkei Prize, and the Adam Smith Award from the National Association of Business Economists.

I'm sure if the Times could find a columnist like that, scrupulously fair conservatives such as Luskin and Hobbs would stop complaining right away.



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