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I think the "counterintuitive" style of journalism in which people sometimes appear to care more about producing an "interesting" argument than a true one gets pretty annoying. That said, surely there's something to be said for giving some consideration to originality of ideas and the goal of provoking further thought on the part of the audience. Do we really need a Richard Cohen column about how World War II was, in fact, a good war? Surely there's some more pressing topic that the precious Washington Post op-ed page real estate could be devoted to.

It is, however, a reminder that I'm glad to work in a medium where there are no space restrictions and I can cover important things and trivial ones to my heart's content.

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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