Maureen Dowd is not new to stage of opinion journalism. She has garnered attention, love and hate in her decades of journalism. But she continues to prove her commentary worthwhile even in 2021.
Dowd attempts to present a clear, non-partisan approach to her columns. Some see this as a cop out, but I find it a compelling. Dowd stands true to her job as a journalist, and though I may not always agree with what she says I find her writing to be witty and inviting.
In 1999 she won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the Clinton administration and later published a successful book titled Bushworld that collected her reporting of the Bush administration. In more recent years Dowd has turned to Trumpworld with a critical eye on a disastrous administration.
With a new administration however, Dowd is keen on remaining a neutral voice and offers the same critical eye on the left that she does on the right. Her most recent article sends a message: journalists are meant to uphold the truth not a party.
She has proved herself imperfect at many points, but I remain a fan of her voice as a woman in politics.
Sometimes I fall into the trap of supporting things just because I think it’s liberal. Journalists who contradict my views, journalists who make mistakes and journalists who support my views are what guide me in knowing where I really do stand on many topics.
Maureen Dowd has acted as all three and her column has aided in bringing my political thoughts out of my political science classrooms and into the real world throughout my time in college.