Richard Miniter named to lead ed­i­to­rial pages at Times

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

The Wash­ing­ton Times on March 9 named Richard Miniter as ed­i­tor of the ed­i­to­rial pages and vice pres­i­dent of opin­ion, the lat­est of a se­ries of dra­matic moves to boost the news­pa­per’s global im­pact.

He is a vet­eran of the Wall Street Jour­nal ed­i­to­rial page, the Sun­day Times of Lon­don in­ves­tiga­tive team and a best-sell­ing au­thor who has re­ported from Iraq, Dar­fur and South­east Asia.

“Richard is one of those rare jour­nal­ists with iron­clad cred­i­bil­ity, im­pec­ca­ble taste and good cheer. He is also fear­less. Richard has a grasp on the dy­nam­ics of na­tional and world events, which is rare th­ese days,” said Thomas P. McDe­vitt, pres­i­dent and pub­lisher of The Times.

“We want the ed­i­to­rial pages to lead the pub­lic dis­course on con­ser­va­tive val­ues with vi­tal­ity and in­sight, with fair­ness and guts. Amer­ica is in a tough sit­u­a­tion; the world is in a tough sit­u­a­tion. Th­ese times and our read­ers de­mand clear think­ing, and Richard will pro­vide it,” Mr. McDe­vitt said.

The role of vice pres­i­dent of opin­ion is new, en­com­pass­ing the ed­i­to­rial page, the Op-Ed page and com­men­tary pages. Since the pa­per’s found­ing in 1982, ed­i­to­rial and com­men­tary pages have been man­aged sep­a­rately.

The new vice pres­i­dent of opin­ion also will over­see all on­line opin­ion, the opin­ion com­po­nent of the new Times wire ser­vice that dis­trib­utes to more than 90 news­pa­pers, and other new prod­ucts to be un­veiled in the com­ing months.

The Times opin­ion pages will fea­ture a new de­sign in its print edi­tions start­ing March 11; the on­line ver­sion will boast a new, eas­ier-to-nav­i­gate de­sign later this spring.

“While many of our read­ers’ fa­vorite syndicated columnists will con­tinue to ap­pear on the Wash­ing­ton­, the mix on our print pages will em­pha­size orig­i­nal, news-break­ing and exclusive con­tent,” Mr. Miniter said.

While re­main­ing true to its con­ser­va­tive tra­di­tions, the op­er­a­tions of the opin­ion pages will change rad­i­cally.

“The mar­ket for pure opin­ion is sat­u­rated. We are go­ing to be dif­fer­ent. Read­ers want editorials, Op-Eds and col­umns based on re­port­ing and news. We ex­pect our ed­i­to­rial writ­ers to act like re­porters and then add in­sight and per­spec­tive to ex­plain what it all means,” Mr. Miniter said. “And we will re­spond at blog speed.”

“I will work to en­sure that our voice con­tin­ues to speak to those tens of mil­lions of con­ser­va­tives whose per­spec­tives are all too fre­quently un­der­rep­re­sented in the other ma­jor me­dia,” Mr. Miniter said.

“Though our two de­part­ments op­er­ate sep­a­rately, I’m thrilled to have our opin­ion pages un­der the stew­ard­ship of such an ac­com­plished jour­nal­ist as Rich. I know Rich will honor The Times’ ex­traor­di­nary ed­i­to­rial tra­di­tion built on the shoul­ders of giants like Tony Snow and Tony Blank­ley while trans­form­ing our print and on­line opin­ion for the 21st cen­tury with the same deep re­port­ing and in­sight he has demon­strated through his ca­reer as an ed­i­to­rial writer, re­porter and best-sell­ing au­thor,” said John Solomon, ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor of The Wash­ing­ton Times.

Mr. Miniter’s two New York Times best-sell­ing books in­clude “Los­ing bin Laden,” a ground­break­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion that used se­nior Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion sources to re­veal that the ter­ror­ist’s men­ace was known long be­fore the Sept. 11 at­tacks. He also was a mem­ber of the award-winning in­ves­tiga­tive team at the Sun­day Times of Lon­don. Mr. Miniter’s work has ap­peared in the New York Times, The Wash- in­g­ton Post, the Wall Street Jour­nal, the At­lantic monthly, Reader’s Di­gest, Na­tional Re­view and the New Repub­lic.

Re­port­ing from the Dar­fur re­gion of Su­dan, he was the first to pub­lish an in­ter­view with a Jan­jaweed war­lord in the field. Re­port­ing from the Ira­nian-Turk­ish bor­der, Mr. Miniter’s ac­count of the plight of 17 per­se­cuted Ira­nian Chris­tians saved their lives and cleared the way for them to re­set­tle in the United States.

He is also a reg­u­lar com­men­ta­tor on Fox News Chan­nel, MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, and CNBC, as well as on na­tion­ally syndicated ra­dio pro­grams, serv­ing as guest host for “The G. Gor­don Liddy Show,” “The Michael Rea­gan Show” and “The Wilkow Ma­jor­ity” on Sir­ius-XM Ra­dio.

Mr. Miniter, 41, is a vet­eran news­man who has re­ported from the out­posts of U.S. Marines in Iraq, rebel war zones in Uganda, Su­dan and Burma — and from smug­glers’ routes in Laos, Thai­land and Cam­bo­dia.

He has in­ter­viewed mil­i­tary he­roes and prime min­is­ters, as well as diplo­mats, sol­diers and spies.

“While Iraq and Su­dan have their charms,” Mr. Miniter said, “this is by far my most ex­cit­ing as­sign­ment.”

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