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people contribute editorials, almost always at my request. In other words, I will go to
various people in the building and ask them to write on subjects that they themselves are
especially competent in. Not every day, by any means, but I do it when the occasion
arrives. And we are fortunate in the Times in having a lot of people who are experts in a lot
of different subjects.
For instance, for an art subject-and I try to get that kind of thing into the page whenever I
can-I would naturally call on Mr. [John E.] Canaday, our art critic, or possibly on a
woman who is not actually on the Times staff but does a great deal of writing for the Times
and, therefore, is more or less, at least attached to the Times staff. I try, almost without
exception-although there are exceptions-to limit my requests to Times people. I don't
like to go outside the Times for editorials, although, as I say, there are occasional
exceptions, but really quite rare. Only in one field do I make a normal exception of that.
The men who write for the Editorial Board have this as their primary job, but I am
encouraged and glad that a number of them do a lot of writing for other parts of the Times,
too, such as the magazine or the “Review of the Week,” or occasionally outside writing. I
think that's a good thing, as long as it doesn't interfere with their primary job of editorial
There are some very, very important editorials which, I suppose, are exceptions to the
general rule of how it is done. For instance, the endorsement of a Presidential candidate.
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