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Kelly and Friedman Get Wartime Kudos

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Kelly and Friedman Get Wartime Kudos

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They're the columnists praised most for Iraq-related commentary

The sword may be mightier than the pen these days, but some columnists wrote memorable commentary during the Iraq war. E&P asked 25 people who among those commentators did it best -- with the proviso that columnists couldn't name themselves and syndicate editors couldn't vote for writers from their own rosters.

Michael Kelly, who died in Iraq, was cited by three of the 15 willing to vote. "He took a risk to cover the war from the closest possible vantage point while the rest of us stayed home," said Ellen Goodman of The Boston Globe and Washington Post Writers Group, which also syndicated Kelly.

"His death is a tragic loss in our field," added Suzette Martinez Standring, vice president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and columnist for the Milton (Mass.) Times. One reason she liked Kelly's WPWG war writing was his "wry sense of humor."

Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel/Tribune Media Services (TMS) columnist Kathleen Parker named Kelly, WPWG's Charles Krauthammer, and TMS' Jonah Goldberg: "My favorite columnist for pure reading pleasure, including his discussions of the war." And she was one of four citing Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times and New York Times News Service (NYTNS).

"He was a must-read for me," Lee Salem, Universal Press Syndicate's executive vice president and editor, said of Friedman. One reason: "During the war, he soon started addressing the aftermath of the war, which is a critical question. …

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