Mr. Rich will write a column once a month and become editor at large of a new section built around his column. The magazine said he would also be a commentator on its Web site, NYMag.com, “engaging in regular dialogues on the news of the week.”It sounds like they rolled out the red carpet for Rich. Well, good for him. He became my favorite Times columnist because he knows how to pull seemingly disparate threads together to tell important stories. Just as importantly, he doesn't parrot anybody's party line.
The Times needed more columnists like Rich: now they have none. I only hope that Rich's voice continues to have the same impact on the national debate. The Times is a pretty wonderful platform from which to be seen; I don't know if New York Magazine has as large or as national an audience.