One of These Things is Not Like the Other

You’re an established writer. You have been for years. You’ve made a living by having polarized opinions, stepping on toes and disagreeing with the government to fight for what’s right. You are also incredibly calm, mild-mannered and hate pushing people’s buttons.

According to Nicholas Kristof, opinion editorialist for The New York Times, one of the most difficult aspects of his writing process is the fact the he is nothing like the way he writes. Although he fights for human rights issues on the daily, he tends to be fairly even-tempered and not strongly opinionated in his personal life, stating he “tends to live in the gray.” However, one thing that makes his job easy is the fact that according to him, there are certain issues that are strictly black and white. There are certain situations that require direct responses, and those are the situations on which he chooses to act.

Does this make him a fraud in the business? I think not, but others may disagree. I don’t think you need to be a volatile person to compose polarizing pieces. There is a difference between being passionate and being hot-blooded. Thoughts?

Sources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/nicholas-kristof-how-a-new-york-times-columnist-rewrote-opinion-journalism/2011/11/28/gIQA7PHY8N_story.html

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2 thoughts on “One of These Things is Not Like the Other

  1. Allison Miehl March 12, 2015 / 3:15 am

    I agree with you. I don’t think a person has to be constantly raging in person in order to write extremely opinionated pieces. It’s one thing to have a short temper, and another to be able to express well thought out arguments with data to back them up. I think another thing that shows that Kristof is not a “fraud” is the fact that he clearly presents his pieces as opinion- he doesn’t write editorials and present them as fact, but instead ensures that his readers know his pieces represent his personal beliefs.

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  2. rdomitz March 13, 2015 / 7:30 pm

    I think the fact that Kristof publishes his voice on human rights or bold faced opinions is evidence of action. I’d even suggest that he voices his opinions in arguably one of the most efficient manners possible. Through his publications, people can either choose to read and accept what he has to say, or not to. If being passionate in one’s personal life dictates screaming in other peoples faces, then yeah I’d say he’s a fraud. However I can’t imagine his “inaction” in his personal life being fraud but maybe tolerance and acceptance for others opinions. At any rate I’d agree with his statement that some issues are just black and white, and need to be addressed face front.

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