"You're misunderstanding the role of the [NYT] columnists. You think that they are supposed to inform and provoke. They do that occasionally, but their main role is to comfort and confirm people in their prejudices - by helping readers fit the news into pre-existing narratives. Repetition and familiarity are more important than interesting ideas. Think of the op-ed page as the comics without pictures," - a commenter on Matt's blog, after a lively discussion of the problem with Bob Herbert.

Ross says that affirmative action isn't the problem: tenure is. Matt thinks twice a week is a bad idea for any columnist. Twice a week? I'm posting twenty times a day!

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