These are things I can’t control at the NYT!

I expect that this will be a post I add to once in a while. I imagine Austin might add to it as well. 

I thought I’d make a list of things I can’t control over at the NYT. This will save me time in the future, when I will link to it rather than respond to the many comments people make to me about columns I write. Here we go:

  1. I do not write the titles. If you don’t like them, please feel free to tell someone else.
  2. I do not write any tweets about my columns. Same advice as above.
  3. I do not choose the artwork or the photos. Any compliments and complaints can be directed elsewhere.
  4. It is NYT policy to refer to people with an MD as “Dr.” and people with a PhD as “Mr.” or “Ms.” I did not make this policy. I don’t agree with this policy. When you see this happen in my columns, please know that in the versions I turned in, both degrees warranted a “Dr.”
  5. It is NYT policy to make all acronyms full of periods. I know it’s the USPSTF, not the U.S.P.S.T.F., and that it’s NNT, not N.N.T., so please don’t email me.
  6. I do not control the publication of any other articles in the NYT. When they publish something that contradicts what I write, I didn’t have a say, nor is it easy for me to respond.

For the record, I absolutely LOVE writing for the NYT. None of this is to be taken to mean anything otherwise. I’m just tired of answering the same questions over and over again.


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