On Its Own Pages
The New York Timess Howell Raines seems to have swapped his role as the papers executive editor for lead activist for wealthy women golfers. The decision to print over 30 articles in three months on the membership policy of the private Augusta National Golf Club can only be driven by one thing: personal obsession.
Today, it was revealed Raines has even gone so far as to refuse to print two columns on the issue by Timess sports columnists Dave Anderson and Harvey Araton because they didnt toe the Raines line. This intolerance is itself intolerable. What is the point of printing opinion pieces if the editor decides only one opinion can be expressed?
Rainess elevation from editor of the Timess editorial page to editor of the entire paper caused fear among many his editorial background would taint the news pages. It is obvious that this fear has been realized.