Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown has had two – count ’em, two – op-eds in the New York Times in the past month or so. The first ran on May 19 under the headline, “Obama: Stop Condescending to Women.” The second ran in Sunday’s Times under the headline, “Planned Parenthood’s Self-Destructive Behavior.”
The latter has now come under fire. Let’s start with Kathleen Geier’s piece in the Washington Monthly (via AlterNet).
Why Did NY Times Publish Hackish Op-Ed on Planned Parenthood (By Romney Advisor’s Wife)?
The piece starts out with drive-bys of Times op-ed columnists David Brooks (“that shallow, insufferably smug propagandist for the 1 percenters whose only interesting moments occur when he drops the genial nice-guy pose and shows us his snarling, viciously punitive, anti-working people side”), Maureen Dowd (“who, half the time, reads like she has the emotional maturity of Paris Hilton”), and Ross Douthat (“a know-nothing hack with serial killer eyes whose creepy, misogynist sexual politics are positively medieval”).
Geier then questions the Times op-eds’ overall “head-shaking, did-I-actually-read-that? quality.”
Case in point: today’s op-ed by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown. A couple of things to note about Brown. First of all, she just had an op-ed in the Times last month — the previous one was a piece of garbage about how President Obama is allegedly condescending to women. I can’t remember, in all my years of Times-reading, another person getting two op-eds in the Times within a 5-week period. And it’s not like Brown is displaying brilliant wit or erudition or or irrefutable logic or sparkling prose style or any other outstanding quality.
Secondly, Brown is married to Dan Senor, one of Mitt Romney’s top advisers. This is not mentioned anywhere in the op ed. It damn well out to be.
About the op-ed itself: it is one of those sleazy, totally disingenuous “I’m a pro-choicer but” arguments by someone who is trying to concern troll Planned Parenthood out of existence.
The hardworking staff gut-checked the Times Public Editor for comments, but nothing yet.