It Is Time to Send Maureen Dowd Packing
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has evolved into a destructive force. Her pieces are almost purely gossip, innuendo, and meanness; worst of all they are often wrong. I used to enjoy her writing; she was frequently funny, and her cutting take seemed more focused on the forces of evil. Now, more often than not, she is the evil, generating paranoia without a purpose -- her own brand of the politics of destruction.
Did something happen along the way to reprogram her writing brain? Was it the publishing of her book and how it was received that has stimulated her inner misanthrope? The work she has been producing is not good journalism or op-ed writing. I don't know what her family was like growing up, but it must have been pretty vicious -- playing gotcha all the time, and forcing her to make stuff up as she went along.
So a thank you to Salon's Joan Walsh, who today gleefully writes: