Frank Rich to New York: What’s the Real Reason?

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March 1 2011 12:39 PM

Frank Rich to New York: What’s the Real Reason?

The media world is all abuzz this morning with the news thatFrank Rich is leaving the New York Times after a storied, decadeslong career there to join Adam Moss's New York magazine. Some might assumethis is but the latest, loudest salvo in the ongoingwar between the paper and the magazine (high-profile departures from New York to the Times have included culture critics AdamSternbergh and Sam Anderson , as well as digital design guru IanAdelman ). Surely New York offeredRich an ungodly amount of money and latitude.

Or maybe they just promised not to use an unflatteringpicture of him. Just lately, Rich's columnist picture was updated to a recent shot that doesn't exactlybathe him in kind lighting or set off his best angles. New York , crucially, ranwith his old glamour shot in its announcement . Maybe the Times ought to round up its top talentfor an Annie Leibovitz session, post-haste.

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Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.