Could Dowd Get Published if She Weren’t Dowd?

Alex Massie asks regarding Maureen Dowd, “Is it unkind to suggest that were she to hand her columns, unsigned, to the editor of a minor magazine at any of the nation’s lesser provincial universities they would be deemed unpublishable?” He then goes on to dissect Exhibits A and B.

Putting Dowd behind a subscription wall remains both a demonstration of a demonstration of a complete lack of business acumen and an extraordinary act of charity.

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  1. Rick DeMent says:

    Well yeah but jeez the list of people you could say that about is pretty long, George Will comes to mind.

  2. legion says:

    Seriously. Can you say ‘Jonah Goldberg’?

  3. carpeicthus says:

    Give Gail Collins her column back and move Dowd to the Enquirer.

  4. Bithead says:

    My knee jerk reaction would be a loud NO.
    However, those suffering from BDS will suffer about anything to have their illness supported in the press, so, I’m forced to conclude that about anyone doing so would be published regardless of the specific talents involved. Doing so with a name, doesn’t hurt the situation.