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Jimmy Breslin, Chronicler and Wise Guy, Dies

Famed 'NYDN' columnist was 'best person ever to have a column in this business'

(Newser) - Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New Yorker, died Sunday at 88 of complications of pneumonia, reports the AP . Breslin was a fixture for decades in New York journalism, notably with the New York Daily ... More »

Columnist: Pistorius Took Acting Class Before Trial

Rep calls claims 'devoid of truth'

(Newser) - Has Oscar Pistorius' sobbing and vomiting in court all been an act? That's what a former South African columnist is alleging, to vehement denials from the runner's media rep. Jani Allan writes on her blog that Pistorius took acting classes from a friend ahead of his emotional trial,... More »

Rand Paul to Use Footnotes, so 'Leave Me the Hell Alone'

Move comes as senator loses 'Washington Times' column

(Newser) - Sen. Rand Paul yesterday offered a solution to his plagiarism problem : "What we are going to do from here forward, if it will make people leave me the hell alone, is we're going to do (written material) like college papers," he tells the New York Times . "... More »

Conservative Blogger's Sting Hilariously Backfires

Right-winger catches columnist canoodling with ... her hubby

(Newser) - An unidentified conservative blogger thought he had caught a liberal columnist in quite the compromising position. Photos of one-time Cleveland Plain Dealer writer Connie Schultz apparently canoodling with a US senator from Ohio looked extremely damning. "Dear Ms. Shultz," the blogger wrote, misspelling her name: "We are... More »

ESPN Fires 'Con Artist' Columnist

Sarah Phillips' real identity was questioned

(Newser) - ESPN has fired a writer who went from being a poster on the message boards at gambling site to being a star columnist at without anybody checking her real identity. Sarah Phillips was sacked soon after Deadspin ran a lengthy expose questioning her identity and accusing... More »

Trump Vs. NYT Scribe: It's on!

Gail Collins hits back at the Donald

(Newser) - Last week it was apparent that there's no love lost between Donald Trump and New York Times columnist Gail Collins , but this week it's all-out war. Seems the Donald responded to Collins' column, which tweaked him as a loopy birther, with a letter to the editor tweaking her in turn... More »

David Broder Dead at 81

Pulitzer winner covered politics for the 'Post'

(Newser) - Longtime Washington Post political columnist David Broder is dead at age 81 from complications of diabetes. The Post offers a lengthy obit for him here and his final column here . Broder covered every presidential election since 1956 and won a Pulitzer in 1973 for his Watergate coverage. The newspaper's Ben... More »

Goodman's Last Column: 'I'm Letting Myself Go'

She writes last piece for 'Globe' after four decades

(Newser) - Ellen Goodman signs off on her final column today in the Boston Globe , a career that spanned Gerald Ford to Barack Obama, not to mention a 7-year-old daughter to a 7-year-old grandson. While she'd like to "fulfill the fantasy of a summer on my porch in Maine," she... More »

Safire Was No 'Nattering Nabob of Negativism': Dowd

They don't make 'em like Safire anymore, writes Times colleague Dowd

(Newser) - Bill Safire, to use the phrase he coined, was anything but a "nattering nabob of negativity," writes his New York Times "colleague in columny" Maureen Dowd. The former Nixon speechwriter—who once told Dowd he had been frozen out by the Times' liberal writers until he... More »

Obama and Brooks: Best Buds

The odd friendship between a conservative columnist and liberal president

(Newser) - Nominal conservative David Brooks is one of President Obama’s unlikeliest allies, writes Gabriel Sherman for the New Republic. The New York Times columnist was on board early, publishing an op-ed titled “Run, Barack, Run” in 2006. Lately, Brooks has written more favorably of Obama than Paul Krugman has.... More »

Novak: Last of the Shoe-Leather Columnists

(Newser) - Most Americans will remember Robert Novak as the acerbic right-winger on CNN, but he saw himself first and foremost as "a shoe-leather reporter," writes Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz. Novak prided himself on getting scoops and uncovering secrets via a wide network of Republican officials. But that... More »

To Friends, Hardliner Novak Was a 'Pussycat'

Hard work made him 'the ultimate insider journalist'

(Newser) - Bob Novak called himself a “rough and tumble” journalist, “but to his friends and colleagues, he could be a pussycat,” writes Eleanor Clift in Newsweek. Despite their widely divergent views, Novak—who died today at 78—helped Clift get a spot on the then-all-male McLaughlin Group. When... More »

Ben Stein Bitches About Getting Fired by the Times

(Newser) - Ben Stein is miffed about his summary expulsion from the New York Times’ Sunday business section, and he explains why in a lengthy piece for the American Spectator. Booted over a TV commercial he did for an online credit reporting service—not his first commercial, and not a subject he... More »

Times Cans Stein Over Credit Report Ads

(Newser) - Ben Stein has been booted from his job as a New York Times columnist for shilling for an online credit report service, Gawker reports. Stein touts the value of in television commercials, but the Times’ ethics policy states “it is an inherent conflict for a journalist to... More »

Rove: Maureen Dowd Has 'Bitter Little Heart'

(Newser) - Karl Rove fired back today at Maureen Dowd for criticizing former President Bush’s frequent vacation time in Texas, Politico reports. “I think Maureen Dowd is a bitter, twisted, deranged columnist for the New York Times,” Rove told Fox News, “who misses no opportunity to show her... More »

Krauthammer: Right's Thorn in Obama's Side

Post columnist the only coherent voice in a fractured opposition

(Newser) - In 2006, Charles Krauthammer urged Barack Obama to run for president, guaranteeing he’d lose. That didn’t exactly work out, but Obama’s rise has been good for the Washington Post columnist, who has become the central anti-Obama voice, writes Ben Smith in Politico. His writing drips with a... More »

Marshall: Back Off Plagiarism Charges

Dowd's mistake unintentional, says author of original line

(Newser) - Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo isn't joining the chorus of critics against Maureen Dowd, who admitted she inadvertently lifted one of Marshall's lines in her weekend column. "I generally think we're too quick to pull the trigger with charges of plagiarism," writes Marshall. "Whatever the mechanics... More »

Old Gray Lady Grabs Obama by the Ear

Krugman, Friedman, Dowd, Rich, editorial board all pile on prez

(Newser) - The Obama administration bore an avalanche of criticism this weekend from the usually friendly New York Times. Influential columnists Paul Krugman, Frank Rich, Thomas Friedman, and Maureen Dowd—plus the paper’s editorial board—all piled on a president who “is increasingly overwhelmed, and not fully appreciative of the... More »

Times Fills Kristol Slot: Ross Douthat of Atlantic

(Newser) - The New York Times has found its replacement for William Kristol’s column from the right—Ross Douthat of the Atlantic. Douthat, 29, will start mostly online next month but will eventually appear on Mondays opposite Paul Krugman, reports the Columbia Journalism Review, quoting a Times email. He’ll also... More »

Post Drops Liz Smith Column

(Newser) - Liz Smith will dish no more at the New York Post. The paper is dropping her gossip column this week to save money, Editor & Publisher reports. It will be the first time in 33 years that Smith, 86, won't have a spot in one of New York City's... More »

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