How Maureen Dowd lost her groove

March 21, 2008 at 11:52 am 5 comments

It takes a special type of person to be a columnist. Not only must a columnist have the usual thick skin of any journalist in the newsroom, she or he must also have a sharp mind that never stops working and a wit that can make an unpopular thought seem palpable.

I love reading the opinion pages – and of course, the New York Times has some of the best in the world. In my eyes, Maureen Dowd has been the best of the best for years. Well at least until Hillary Clinton became an official presidential candidate. That is when Dowd lost her ability to be objective and in the process lost her groove.

Dowd’s total lack of objectivity toward Hillary Clinton, combined with her love fest for Barack Obama, has harmed her credibility immeasurably. Personally, I think a columnist should attempt to remain as neutral as possible on political races, but if that is not possible, at least appear somewhat objective.

Maureen Dowd cannot seem to do this when it comes to Hillary Clinton. Not groovy. Not groovy at all.

I am not suggesting that Dowd must write raving reviews of Senator Clinton, agree with the Clinton platform or even vote for Clinton. But is it really necessary to make Obama the shining hero of almost every column and Clinton the crusty villain?

It seems my favourite columnist is as blind about what her readers want from her as George Bush is about what the American people want from him. Is there no open-minded people left in America? Not even the columnists?

I suppose for the next few months I will have to choose another columnist to be the best of the best and Nicholas Kristof seems like just the right person. He seems to still have his objectivity intact and he is brilliant. His columns are always worth reading – like Dowd’s use to be.

How does Maureen Dowd get her groove back? It will happen the day she gets her objectivity back.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Roche  |  March 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Dowdf has been overly biased for Clinton in my opinion.Dowd can”t get her groove back with new voters,voters of color,minority voters and voters that have had to deal with her over rated-ego and opinions for a long while.
    Dowd a feminist and a “tough” one at that would be much better suited as a game show host at this point in the twiglight of her career.

    Dowd is an angry white woman,threatened,and afraid she has seen the end of the “best of times”
    She has made an enemy of Obama and I ask why? For Hillary Clinton?? Pathetic……….

    If an opinion can not be open to discusiion and must as Dowd has shown so often in her career to be necessarily biased,i ask who needs her,who cares about her,and who does she think she is going to sway.

    Madam Dowd,you have one vote,please give it to the woman you seem to care most about in your life at this time and may it be a wasted vote along with all others that vote for your “pet” Hillary Clinton

    have a good one!

  • 2. stellar1  |  March 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm


    Have you read Dowd’s columns? She is the exact opposite of what you said in your comment.

  • 3. Mo MoDo  |  March 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    This was a very insightful blogpost. Dowd’s not-so-subliminal cheerleading for her crush Obama is a bit unseemly. I think her criticism of Hillary is well-reasoned and consistent even if it does sometimes read a little unhinged and harpy-ish. Some people have an intense dislike for Hillary and the kind of political calculus she practices and Dowd is one of them.

    I find that Kristoff has been as much an apologist for Senator Clinton as Dowd has been a critic, so I think claims of bias and even-handedness reflect the reader’s notions as much as the writer’s.

  • 4. madmonq  |  March 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    She is not a reporter, she’s an opinion columnist. She’s doing what she was hired to do. It’s her job to to have an opinion.

    When she screeds against Bush it’s usually right on the money. Her columns about Bill Clinton’s embarrassing however personal behavior was too. Seems to me she’s batting 1.000 or close to it when she has a opinion/criticism.

    Mrs Rodham-Clinton is conducting her campaign like Bush 2008. Some of her policies too. Yeah Dowd is critical of her. It’s because she’s right.

  • 5. Anonymous  |  March 21, 2008 at 10:46 pm


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