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Regardless of Pitts’ points, he’s still a master of the craft

Post by Brian O'Neill on Nov. 8, 2010 at 10:00 am with 7 Comments »
November 8, 2010 10:00 am

I don’t always agree with Leonard Pitts.

He does raise valid, and sometimes profound, viewpoints in his column, but all too often, in my opinion, he stirs the liberal stew a bit too…liberally. His most recent column attacking the death penalty even took a swipe at my day job, law enforcement, with arguments I found wanting.

Whether I agree with his opinions or not, there is no denying the fact that Mr. Pitts is in a rare category of craftstmen. He is a masterful writer.

I look forward to his column often more for his turn of phrase then his particular leanings of that day, and usually find myself pitying those unfortunates that have found their way into the crosshairs of his keyboard. In fact, my proudest moment as an amateur hack was when one of my guest columns appeared directly below one of Pitts’ columns.

Tomorrow night I hope to meet this gifted columnist at his UPS lecture and get him to sign that old and faded piece of newsprint.

My take
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  1. Brian – Just because someone can utilize alliteration does not mean that they understand the significance of the rest of the alphabet.
    Pitts is pretty much” style over substance” because he is merely agenda ruled.
    The “One Note Samba”, regardless of key, is still …one note…

  2. scott0962 says:

    I enjoy Pitt’s column. I frequently disagree with him but to be informed on the issues its necessary to read opinions besides those I agree with.

  3. Zillahboy says:

    We should not forget about the racial injustices of the past, but Pitts’ constant drumbeat on the subject is so constant that it doesn’t allow old wounds to heal.

  4. johnearl says:


    In this day time when so many people restrict their information consumption to only those pundits who re-enforce their existing opinions, I find it refreshing to read thoughtful opinions from commentators such as Mr. Pitts (and Mr. Will) who intelligently challenge our preconceptions and force us to see other sides of issues.

    I just wish I had a similar trophy for him to autograph. :-)

  5. scott0962 says:

    Well Brian, did you get to meet the man and get that autograph?

  6. Brian O'Neill says:

    Leonard Pitts, unlike many other writers to whom I’ve listened, can think on his feet.

    Pitts talked for 90 minutes, including answering questions from people ranging in age from 20 to 80. His overarching point was that poverty and the impoverished should be the new focus of our sense of outrage, rather than race and minorities. As always he made his points in rhythmic prose, and you could almost hear all the heads in the audience bobbing up and down in unison.

    Like I said, I don’t agree with everything he says–as I cop I have a somewhat more cynical view of those living on government subsides–my personal opinion is that education is what completes a man or woman, money notwithstanding. To my mind this has been proven time and time again throughout the world. But I must admit that it’s always refreshing to hear someone stand up and champion the cause of those whose voices are virtually silenced.

    As for the autograph, the line was long and I didn’t buy a book. No joy.

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