Monday, March 13, 2017

TAKING A BREAK FROM YOU-KNOW-WHO

There are two words that didn’t appear anywhere in yesterday’s Sunday Review articles: “Donald” and “Trump.” 

So begins "An Issue Without Trump,: David Leonhardt's March 13 piece in the NY Times Opinion Today newsletter. Below is that piece in full.

Enjoy!


There are two words that didn’t appear anywhere in yesterday’s Sunday Review articles: “Donald” and “Trump.” If you want to see for yourself,  I’ve included links to every article below.

The Op-Ed editor, Jim Dao, came up with the idea in response to Trump’s dominance of the national conversation. As Rachel Dry, the lead editor of the Sunday Review, explained: 
“Our ambitions with this Sunday Review were twofold: To highlight stories we think are important and engaging and to put forward an argument about the media attention the president commands. We decided not to overexplain the premise — though of course, that is what I’m doing now — and hoped readers would find the section of interest whether they noticed anything different or not.”The closest the print section came to acknowledging its theme was what journalists call a “refer” — a short summary of an article elsewhere — that appeared atop the section’s cover. It read: “What happens when you don’t talk about the one thing on everyone’s mind” and referred to a piece inside by the comedian Joe Zimmerman. 
Much of the attention to Trump is warranted, of course. In fact, it’s important. But it does have an unfortunate side effect: It crowds out discussion of other vital topics. In the weeks ahead, I’d encourage everyone to carve out some space in their lives and brains for non-Trump topics.
 The full roster of Sunday Review articles:

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