Press: Newswatch: Short-Notice Wisdom

Short-Notice Wisdom

It is still a gamble to launch a new columnist on the nation's editorial pages. That is true even when the new man, A.M. Rosenthal, has just stepped down from editing the New York Times. Forget the power he once wielded; his words must now compete from scratch with other columnists' across the country.

Transferring success as an editor to the quirkier demands of columning is not automatic, and Rosenthal's first columns, going out to the 300 U.S. newspapers that subscribe to the New York Times News Service, have a way to go. But ^ Rosenthal, starting out on a new...

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