- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 8, 2000

It's not easy being a female media mogul, according to the Jan. 2 New York Times magazine. Really it's not. In a conversation ostensibly about the late Meg Greenfield, former editorial page editor of The Washington Post, past Post publisher Katharine Graham and Time magazine columnist Margaret Carlson discussed the grim burdens of success unique to womanhood:

Graham: Women have to choose more than men. They have to decide whether they're going to have a career or whether they want a job, and either they have to, or they want to, split that with their home life.

Carlson: There's such a difference between a job and a career. And women now have the opportunity for both. But there are some things you can't legislate away. A woman's peak childbearing years coincide with her peak career-building years, and there's no way to change that. You can work at the bank, but you can't be president of the bank and get home every night for dinner. That will always be true. George Will would never have been known as the first male columnist at the Washington Post, whereas I'm still introduced when I'm speaking somewhere as the first woman columnist at Time magazine, and this is 1999.

Graham: That's amazing, Margaret, that is.

m ADOLF ARMEY? In case the similarities weren't immediately obvious, Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post is willing to state for the record that House Majority Leader Dick Armey is no Adolf Hitler. The difference, however, is one of degree not kind, he suggested in his Jan. 3 column: "Yes, Einstein was a great man so was Churchill but he was no more 'Person of the Century' just ended than was, say, Dick Armey, who was put forward for the honor by the New Republic in a most uncharacteristic fit of whimsy.

"In fact, Armey (he is, for those in a state of enviable ignorance, majority leader of the House of Representatives) may be a more paradigmatic 20th-century figure than any of the aforementioned, since the public record suggests that he is a bully and an ideologue. Not, of course, on anything like the scale of V.I. Lenin or Joseph Stalin or Adolf Hitler or Mao Zedong or Pol Pot or the other world-championship bullies of the late and unlamented century, but a miniature version of one of the strongest strains in human behavior not merely in the 20th century but throughout human history."

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