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Look Who Wears the Pants in The Krugman Family

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Boom_70, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Found this story interesting in New Yorker article on Paul Krugman-NY Times op ed columnist. It seems that his wife does his editing and inserts her commentary into his columns.

    "If he is writing his column, he will start it on the morning of the day it’s due, and, if the spirit is with him, he will be done soon after lunch. When he has a draft, he gives it to Wells to edit. Early on, she edited a lot—she had, they felt, a better sense than he did of how to communicate economics to the layperson. But he’s much better at that now, and these days she focusses on making him less dry, less abstract, angrier. Recently, he gave her a draft of an article he’d done for Rolling Stone. He had written, “As Obama tries to deal with the crisis, he will get no help from Republican leaders,” and after this she inserted the sentence “Worse yet, he’ll get obstruction and lies.” Where he had written that the stimulus bill would at best “mitigate the slump, not cure it,” she crossed out that phrase and substituted “somewhat soften the economic hardship that we face for the next few years.” Here and there, she suggested things for him to add. “This would be a good place to flesh out the vehement objections from the G.O.P. and bankers to nationalization,” she wrote on page 9. “Show us all their huffing and puffing before you dismiss it as nonsense in the following graf"

    Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/03/01/100301fa_fact_macfarquhar#ixzz0h7ugJ2hP
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