Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is a columnist for New York magazine's website and for the Columbia Journalism Review. She also makes pie charts for The Hairpin and Los Angeles magazine. Her work has appeared in ELLE, Esquire, Newsweek, The Observer, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. She lives in Los Angeles, but travels so often the best place to find her is online at

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POT, KETTLE, BLACK. A new study shows the Sunday-morning talk shows are total dudefests -- more than 75% of guests are men. This research brought to you by an organization whose staff and advisors are more than 75% male. -- Ann Friedman


THE HITCH. Mike Kinsley reviewed Chris Hitchens ' new book, God Is Not Great , for the Times earlier this week. It turns out to be more of a review of Hitchens' peripatetic mind than of the latest contribution to the British writer-contrarian's to his opus, which is presently at #3 on Amazon (thank God!). I haven't read GING yet, but will be dipping into it shortly. I did, however, have the good fortune to see Hitch give the first public presentation of the new book, at the Arkansas Literary Festival a few weeks ago. I've been meaning to write about the event because, well, he was simply brilliant. Yes, I'm still pissed as hell about his defense of a certain pre-emptive war that's taken more than 4,000 Americans (counting contractors, who always go uncounted), and something equivalent to the combined annual budgets of what must be the smallest 20 states. And, had he called on me, I wanted to ask him how he could square his powerful arguments in the new book about the deleterious,...


PAGING CHAIRMAN WAXMAN As Josh Marshall notes today, Condoleezza Rice was out propagating falsehood all over the airwaves yesterday to try to make her case for defying a subpoena from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to testify on the White House's infamous claim that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa for its nuclear program. And it's no wonder. Rice has never really answered for her own role -- and if George Tenet 's new book is to believed, it doesn't look good.


PERSONAL POLITICS. It's not a novel suggestion that we combat abortion restrictions by sharing real women's (and some men's) stories about why they made the choices they did. This is something the pro-choice movement has done since its inception, starting with speak-outs about back-alley abortions in the pre- Roe era. In the past few years alone, there have been several books , at least two documentary films (" Speak Out: I Had an Abortion " and " The Abortion Diaries "), and an entire monthly magazine devoted to sharing women's personal experiences. Ms. magazine recently published the names of thousands of women who declared, " We Had Abortions ." And stories of the "it happened to me, it could happen to you" variety appear in the mainstream women's magazines fairly regularly. Planned Parenthood collects stories of women who have undergone abortions -- and tries to publicize them whenever things like Gonzales v. Carhart make the news. And lest you think that only women have spoken...


FRIEDMAN VIEW-NIT. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand soldiers. Check out this graphical depiction of Tom Friedman�s many assurances over the past four years that we were entering (another) critical, six-month period. -- Tom Schaller