The New York Times hit the want-ads in search of some special help for their special people:
Editorial assistant to David Brooks and Ross Douthat
The New York Times Company, a leading global, multimedia news and information company with 2012 revenues of $2.0 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYTimes.com , BostonGlobe.com , Boston.com, and related properties. The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.This is a group 8 editorial assistant position that centers on helping David Brooks and Ross Douthat do their columns and blog posts in a timely and accurate way, which requires research, fact checking, linking and writing summaries for everything they write.There are administrative duties, including making travel arrangements; filing expenses, making and keeping track of office supply purchases; checking reader email accounts; answering phones; keeping files of news clips; opening mail; scheduling meetings. Interest in breaking news and international events; web production and social media skills are important. Flexibility when it comes to working on weekends and in the evenings is a must.Internal and external applicants should apply to Maureen Muenster, email@example.com....
A reminder that this murmuration of handmaidens exists solely to support two of the most insipid writers in America journalism:
writers whose entire auctorial output, between them, comes to 800 words of piffle, three days a week, punctuated with a long stretches of time off for vacations and "book leave".
Somewhere in America tonight, I hope at least some, small fraction of the thousands upon thousands of real reporters, photographers, editors and copywriters who were tossed out of work and into the teeth of the Great Recession get a helluva laugh at this before heading out for second-shift, gotta-feed-my-family gigs at Hardee's or Office Max or WalMart.