Comment 37236

By Tammany (anonymous) | Posted January 21, 2010 at 10:22:43

"This isn't an example of some failing in the newspaper model; it's merely bad writing. (Frankly, a lot of NY Times writing is unbearably puffy and self-important.)"

I agree re puffiness and self-importance. When I first started reading the Times, I couldn't wrap my head around the fustian hauteur and pomposity of some of the columnists' styles. That being said, I think this is something people have come to love about the paper - there is a quasi-literary quality to a Times piece which makes it an actual pleasure to read. As a straight news source, it may leave something to be desired. But damn! It's the last real paper of record in the English speaking world and its official style reflects this fact.

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