Frank Rich, That's Who!
Frank Rich (with a little help from Pinch and Bill Keller and Ms. Collins) steps up to the plate and says, "You know what, you motherf*ckers? It's time to bring the pain down on your ass!" In much more eloquent prose, of course.
But seriously folks, you've got to hand it to Mr. Rich. Here's a guy who clearly feels he needs to bring a level of game that would shame "the Game." This is sweet. The Jeff Gannons of the world better duck.
When people start complaining about, Ohhhhh, Frank Rich is so liberal, Ohhhhhh, "Frank Rich's rantings have now become embarrassing both to him and to The Times," I just want to say, well, "Who's got a 1500 word weekly column in the Paper of Record, and who's got a trashy, cynical, screamfest tv show an Pretenda-News Network?"
This is going to get good.
""In his time at The Times," Mr. Keller and Ms. Collins said in a note to the staff, "Frank Rich has repeatedly set milestones in the world of critical journalism. As a theater critic, he took his assignment beyond play-reviewing to become a ferocious and influential champion of what is good and original in the art form. As an Op-Ed columnist he pioneered a longer form of essay, which he performed while simultaneously writing in even greater depth for the magazine.
"At Arts & Leisure he developed his own brand of social criticism, in a column that combined intensive reporting, immersion in the popular culture and a unique gift for seeing connections between culture and public life."
Mr. Rich's column will be essay length, about twice the wordage of a typical Op-Ed column. It will "continue to mine the fertile field of popular culture, but with Op-Ed's greater license" for opinion writing, The Times said. In addition to his column, the expanded opinion pages will now include two other regular columnists each Sunday, as well as a guest columnist and the Public Editor column, moving from Page 2 of the Week in Review.
Mr. Keller and Ms. Collins said Mr. Rich would have offices in both the Op-Ed department and the arts section, where he will be the senior adviser to the culture editor. As he has for the last two years, they said, he will monitor trends in the cultural worlds and recruit and develop talent. Mr. Rich's final Arts & Leisure column will appear on March 27. His Op-Ed column will begin on April 10."