Bill Safire, long-time conservative Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, wrote an excellent and humorous op-ed in 2005 that’s worth reading in these polarized times.
Check out “How to Read a Column.”
His advice includes:
- Never look for the story in the lede.
- Watch for repayment of favors. — Saw a lot of payback recently in reviews of
Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor by Matthew Latimer.
Cast aside any column about two subjects. (He’s got good reason for this.)
It’s good advice, too, for people trying to contribute articles to op-ed pages.