Media Side With ‘Cognoscenti’ Over ‘Broad Support for Single-Payer’

In the latest installment of a Columbia Journalism Review series on “special interest groups… at Obama’s table” and “how the media are covering them,” Trudy Lieberman (, 3/6/09) reports that Saul Friedman, who writes a popular column called Gray Matters for Newsday, has been almost alone in writing about what he has called a “blackout” on discussions of a single-payer health system. Last month, AARP’s chief (and super influential) lobbyist, John Rother, told Friedman that although there is broad support for single-payer, the cognoscenti didn’t feel that it was a pragmatic solution. While stating that “there are vocal pockets of […]


The Tragedy of Gail Collins

New York Times columnist Gail Collins is really kind of a tragic figure. She used to write for the Long Island paper Newsday, finding a way to cover New York State politics from Albany in a way that was both informative and funny–no mean feat. Then she went to work for the Times and has never been the same since. Today she’s got a piece about how an old dog won a dog show and how a number of people in public life are old. She used to be a writer whose work could be compared to that of Molly […]