Getting to the point

Getting to the point
: I’m revealing one of my great secrets to reading the New York Times: I always start reading editorials at the last paragraph and usually can stop there; that’s where they get to the point. It works. Give it a try. Today’s sucked thumb:

From the beginning, the great challenge of Iraq has seemed to be less about winning the war than about securing the peace, and everything that has happened in the last two weeks reinforces that assessment. While the administration works overtime to swat down complaints about military planning, we hope there is at least as much attention being given to what the U.S. will do in this large, dangerous, hard-to-read country after it wins.

  • Richard A. Heddleson

    I have always thought the NYT editorial page should have its own little tag line like the front page, Turgid since Turginev.
    I adopted your technique in college when we got those discount subscriptions. Reading an entire editorial risked return to sleep during breakfast. Now I have found the perfect solution by augmenting your method to also exclude the last paragraph. My days are much longer and brighter. Think of it as daylight savings for journalism.

  • Thomas J. Jackson

    Why bother reading the NYTimes Editorial page? Just read the WWP paper and you know what slant the Times will have.

  • kkl

    The comments are great! What a stupid editorial. Nope, nobody in the State Department has even begun to think about what to do with Iraq post-war. Hasn’t even dawned on them…
    I’m signing up for the journalism DST.

  • What you say about reading the Times in fact works for just about any reading, if it is non-fiction and not the news items….writers are taught to sum up what they say in their final paragraphs. Thus you use the Times as an examjple and get comments about the paper rather than the method.