It's been rough for the New York Times these past few years. Plenty of controversy, false reporting, etc. So, I guess I can understand why they have all of a sudden switched how they report stories or non-stories.
Yes, folks, the NYT is no longer reporting the news - but they are brushing up their writing skills in an effort to crack the best seller's list under the Novel category. Where would I get this information from? Look no further than today's article from Richard Stevenson on the Karl Rove/CIA Leak.
Here's the opening:
"Karl Rove nosed his Jaguar out of the garage at his home in Northwest Washington in the predawn gloom, starting another day in which he would be dealing with a troubled Supreme Court nomination, posthurricane reconstruction and all the other issues that come across the desk of President Bush's most influential aide.
But Mr. Rove's first challenge on Wednesday morning came before he cleared his driveway: how to get past the five television crews and the three photographers waiting for him. He flashed his blinding high beams into the camera lenses and sped by."
I don't know about you, but this sounds like it could be the opening chapter of the latest political novel from Grisham, or perhaps closely align with Dan Brown's "Deception Point".
The rest of the "article" carries on pretty much like the opening. I can't really tell where the actual news-writing is supposed to be taking place. That said, I am eagerly awaiting the NYT's first full-fledged novel!