Pity the poor editorial page editor who has to predict who will win the US presidential election a year ahead of the ballot. I was thinking that the other night as I listened to Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor of The Washington Post, who’s in Australia under the auspices of the US Studies Centre … Continue reading The US presidential election: Only 368 days to go!
I always wanted to be the managing editor of The New York Times. Okay, you say, nearly every journalist would say that, but first you have to work there. Well, I had a slim chance to get a Times job back in 1966 when I moved to New York to attend graduate school at NYU. … Continue reading Remembrance of Times Past and Vale Joe McGinniss
Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Nixon. I did not celebrate. However, I will celebrate on August 9, the day he resigned as president of the United States. It will be 39 years since one of the happiest days of my life. Every year I remember the date and where I … Continue reading Richard Nixon: A crooked legacy
Election day started well. As I was waiting for the light to change on Market Street in the city, Mark Munro, a Channel Nine cameraman, waved to me from the window of his car and said: “Hi, Tom, I heard he’s about to win Florida. Is that true?” And I replied: “I hope so. I’m … Continue reading From sea to shining sea, America hopes Obama works second-term magic