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op ed

Op-ed

[op-ed]
An op-ed, abbreviated from opposite the editorial page (though often believed to be abbreviated from opinion-editorial), is a newspaper article that expresses opinions of a named writer who is usually unaffiliated with the newspaper's editorial board. This is unlike editorials, which are opinion articles that are usually unsigned and are written by editorial board members. Op-eds are so named because they generally go on the page opposite the editorial page.

Although standard editorial pages have been printed by newspapers for many centuries, first modern op-ed page was created in 1921 by Herbert Bayard Swope of The New York Evening World. When he took over as editor in 1920, he realized that the page opposite the editorials, was "a catchall for book reviews, society boilerplate, and obituaries. He is quoted as writing:

"It occurred to me that nothing is more interesting than opinion when opinion is interesting, so I devised a method of cleaning off the page opposite the editorial, which became the most important in America... and thereon I decided to print opinions, ignoring facts.

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