I`ve concluded that the recent hits from the New York TImes and SPLC had to be coordinated. The NYT editorial sounded as if it had been ghostwritten by an SPLCer. So I set about looking for the middleman. Politically, any number of board members fit the bill: Francis X. Clines, Robert B. Semple Jr., (deputy op-ed editor David Shipley is certainly capable of such a piece, but is he permitted to write editorials?). For reasons that should become obvious, here`s my candidate:
ADAM COHEN, Assistant Editor
Adam Cohen is a lawyer and author, with a particular interest in legal issues, politics and technology. Before joining the Times editorial board in 2002, he was a senior writer at Time, where he wrote about the Supreme Court, Internet privacy and the Microsoft antitrust case, among other topics.
Prior to entering journalism, he was an education-reform lawyer, and a lawyer for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala. He is the author of “The Perfect Store: Inside eBay” and co-author of “American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley, His Battle for Chicago and the Nation.” A native of Manhattan, he is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
hat doesn`t necessarily mean thatÂ Cohen wrote the piece, though he well could have, but he was very likely involved in arranging it.