Press: Soapbox Derby

New oracle in chief at the Post

Philip Geyelin, the Washington Post's Pulitzer-prizewinning editorialist, often said that Meg Greenfield, his deputy, was "so good she can run the page without me." Little did he know. Last week Greenfield, 48, replaced Geyelin, 56, as editor of the paper's editorial page, one of the most influential soapboxes in American journalism.

The abrupt ouster of Geyelin (pronounced Jay-lin) came as a stunning surprise to him and nearly everyone else at the Post, where intramural politics is followed more avidly than the paler version practiced on Capitol...

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