Columnists: The Man Who Doesn't Take Sides

No Los Angeles Times reader can reasonably complain that the paper does not try to satisfy his appetite for political discussion. Its pages harbor a host of 20 political pundits—something for every taste, from the liberalism of Walter Lippmann and Joe Alsop to the conservatism of David Lawrence and William Buckley. But despite the oversupply of syndicated wares, for an overwhelming number of Times readers the favorite political columnist is a native son, Bill Henry, 74, who has spent a quarter-century at the business without turning into a pundit, or even...

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