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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Columnist budget

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Chatterbox, on Slate, is asking people to budget how they would spend $25 on NYT columnists. The budgets/contributions/votes are due this afternoon. The results/rankings will be posted at some point in the future.

This suggests a great program for newspapers to use with their own columnists. Every year let readers vote off one of the columnists. Bring some fresh perspective to the papers. Get rid of some of the dead weight. Provide another gambling opportunity. Give us more chances to compare business management to reality television. It's a win win win win scenario.

For purposes of the slate column:
Brooks $8
Friedman $8
Kristof $5
Dowd $3
Herbert $1

2 Comments:

  • So explain yourself re Krugman.

    By Blogger CB, at 2:21 PM  

  • It is Krugman's knee-jerk conspiracy theories that bother me.

    When explaining some intricate economic principles he can be interesting. However, he spends too much time pandering to the salivating left-wing, sour grapes about the election mob, waiting for some republican high level chicanery to be exposed.

    Maybe I'm just moderate enough that I find him silly, in a kind of "he's not really serious?" kind of way. It can be entertaining, but I wouldn't pay for it if I didn't have to.

    My dislike of Krugman is not as visceral as Seth's, but I think he's too busy writing memos to weigh in.

    By Blogger Dan J, at 3:37 PM  

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