- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Longtime grasshoppers may remember that back in 2009 we had some fun with the frequent use of "rare windows" in New York Times stories. What this essentially signified was that an additional tidbit shed some light on a topic of current interest.
The Times‘s window wielders went to ground after that, but lately have re-appeared, in a story about Yemen that ran in yesterday’s editions. I wonder if copyeditors got written into their contract the right to use this and certain other handy clichés to frame stories.