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Bono to Rock His Opinions in the New York Times

He is a world famous singer and songwriter, a spokesman for Africa, a Noble Peace Prize nominee, and now he’s a writer for the New York Times. My David Brooks is looking at some rocking competition. Bono, lead singer of U2, is set to be a contributing writer for the NYT, offering his insight on topics including Africa, poverty, and a little Frank Sinatra too. Bono will be penning as many as 10 pieces for the paper spreading throughout 2009.

Editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal, who announced this new appointment this week, may also have had an ulterior motive: it seems as though Mr. Rosenthal is learning the guitar. Bono’s pay may also be a factor in his assignment, as he will be receiving no money whatsoever.

Does a Bono op-ed sound like music to your ears? Or does it hit a sour note?


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Butler: Look, I first knew something was wrong when I looked at Bono's first award for biggest crap. It said he took it in 1960. Stan: So? Butler: So that's the year Bono was born. Then it all made sense to me. How could Bono be so talented, so caring, and yet seem like such a piece of crap? Because he is crap. Don't you get it? Bono is not the record holder. Stan: He's the record.
Advah Advah 8 years
What Juju said. :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Given Bono's now decades of work in Africa and other poor communities around the world including here in the U.S.. Given the fact that if Bono wants an audience with the President and many other world leaders they make the time and given the fact that he issues his opinions in a reasonable thoughtful way he is the perfect celebrity if there ever was one to share his thoughts on the world today in the N.Y. Times.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
moisville i saw that does kind of gross me out. But to each his own i guess. The wird thing i found about it is one of the girls in the picture said "We've been friends for a long time now!" ok...since when? age 12? eew...
stephley stephley 8 years
I'm sure lots of people who write editorials have vacation pictures they hope don't become public. They seldom reflect in an important way on their understanding of world issues.
saramay saramay 8 years
I would definitely read them. While he might be a celebrity he's very well informed.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
moisville moisville 8 years
Um, this latest story/series of photos might put a damper on this announcement. Just read this today, yuck:
anniekim anniekim 8 years
I'll definitely be reading Bono's column.
stephley stephley 8 years
Why not Bono? Should editorials just be written by rich business people or politicians or people who sit around at think tanks all day thinking of stuff to write editorials about? Bono's as well-informed and dedicated as anyone else who gets time in the newspapers.
juju4 juju4 8 years
I respect him because he comes across as someone that was inspired to help others, and then took the time to educate himself and learn as much as he could so he could be most effective. His music has documented his care and concern for people, all the way back to the begining of his career. He's not a celebrity that just woke up one day and thought it would be cool to do a charity event, spent 1 day doing a photo op and then went back to ignoring those in need.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I would read his articles b/c he seems to be well informed about a lot of issues and he seems pretty genuine.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
wow thats amazing! I'm sure he's going to do great! I pretty sure that as soon as he start writing the NYT will have many more readers...
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I adore Bono and I will most definitely be reading these. He does a lot of good for the world.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
Here's another article about Bono...
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I'll never read it, so I really have no opinion on the matter. I have no doubts that Bono is probably more informed on these issues than most politicians, but he's just not someone who interests me no matter what the message is.
Barack and Michelle Obama With Bono in NYC March 2017
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