Frank Rich (born June 2, 1949 in Washington, D.C.) is a columnist for The New York Times who focuses on American politics and popular culture. Events 455 - The Vandals enter Rome, and plunder the city for two weeks Year 1949 ( MCMXLIX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D A columnist is a Journalist who writes material on a regular basis for publication in a series Politics of the United States takes place in the framework of a presidential, Federal republic where the President of the United States (the Head of The development of the culture of the United States of America — music, cinema, dance, architecture, literature, poetry His column ran on the front page of the Sunday arts and leisure section from 2003 to 2005; it now appears in the expanded Sunday Week in Review section.
From 1980 to 1993, Rich was the Times' chief theater critic. He was sometimes known as "the Butcher of Broadway," not only for the perceived frequency and acerbity of his negative reviews, but also for the supposed influence that those reviews carried in determining whether or not a producer would close a show. But Rich wasn't always negative; he enthusiastically championed what were then new and diverse voices in American playwriting like August Wilson, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner and Scott McPherson. August Wilson ( April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) was an American Playwright. David Henry Hwang (黃哲倫 Pinyin: Huáng Zhìlún (born August 11, 1957) is a contemporary American Playwright who has risen to Tony Kushner (born July 16, 1956) is an award-winning American playwright most famous for his play Angels in America, for which Additionally, he lobbied for much of the work done during his tenure by established dramatists like John Guare and Stephen Sondheim. John Guare (pronounced gwâr born 5 February 1938 is an American Playwright. Stephen Joshua Sondheim (born March 22 1930 is an American musical and film composer and lyricist winner of an Academy Award, multiple Tony Awards (seven
His reviews have been collected in a book, Hot Seat: Theater Criticism for The New York Times, 1980-1993 (ISBN 0-679-45300-8), published in 1998. One of the running themes in the book is Rich's attempt to disprove the perceived power of his position as the Times' Chief Drama Critic. As an addendum to the anthology, Rich provides statistics demonstrating a dozen or more shows that he panned which racked up long runs (one notable example being The Phantom of the Opera), as well as many shows that got raves from him but couldn't stay open more than a few weeks. The Phantom of the Opera is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the book written by the French novelist Gaston Leroux He published a memoir, Ghost Light (ISBN 0-375-75824-0), in 2000.
Rich authored the book The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina, a criticism of the post-9/11 policies of the George W. Bush administration and especially of its use of PR. The Presidency of George W Bush began on his inauguration on January 20, 2001 as the 43rd and current President of the United States of America Public relations (PR is the practice of managing the flow of Information between an Organization and its Publics Public relations - often referred The book's fame was bolstered by a recurring endorsement on The Colbert Report following host Stephen Colbert's mock outrage that Hugo Chávez had increased sales of Noam Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance to the Number 1 spot at Amazon.com, dropping Rich's book to spot 2. The Colbert Report (/kolˈbɛr rəˈpɔr/&mdashthe t is silent in "Colbert" is a Peabody Award and Emmy Award winning American Stephen Tyrone Colbert ( born May 13 1964 is an American Comedian, satirist, Actor and Writer, known for his ironic style Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías (ˈuɰo rafaˈel ˈtʃaβ̞es ˈfɾias (born July 28 1954 is the current President of Venezuela. Avram Noam Chomsky (noʊm ˈtʃɑmski born December 7 1928 is an American linguist, Philosopher, cognitive scientist, Political Hegemony or Survival America's Quest for Global Dominance, published November 2003 is a book by Noam Chomsky, a macroscopic view of United States foreign Amazoncom Inc ( is an American electronic commerce ( E-commerce) company in Seattle Washington.
Rich makes regular references to a broad range of popular culture — including television, movies, theater, and literature — and draws connections to politics and current events. In a January 2006 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, he commented on the James Frey memoir scandal. The Oprah Winfrey Show is a United States syndicated Talk show, hosted and produced by its namesake Oprah Winfrey, and is the highest-rated James Christopher Frey (born September 12, 1969 in Cleveland Ohio) is an American Writer. On that show, he expanded on his usage in his column of the term "truthiness" (originally coined on The Colbert Report) to summarize a variety of parallel ills in culture and politics. Truthiness is a term first used in its current satirical sense by American television comedian Stephen Colbert in 2005 to describe The Colbert Report (/kolˈbɛr rəˈpɔr/&mdashthe t is silent in "Colbert" is a Peabody Award and Emmy Award winning American In 2005, Rich received the George Polk Award given annually by Long Island University to honor contributions to journalistic integrity and investigative reporting. The George Polk Awards are a series of American journalism awards issued annually by Long Island University in Brooklyn. Long Island University ( LIU) is a private, Coeducational, Nonsectarian institution of Higher education in the State of New York
In the 2008 US presidential campaign, Rich appeared to have aligned himself with democratic candidate Barack Obama: he has written over fifteen different editorials in support of Obama or in criticism of Obama's opponents and detractors, including Hillary Clinton. The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled for Tuesday November 4 2008 will be the 56th consecutive
Rich graduated from Harvard in 1971, where he was editorial chairman of the Harvard Crimson, studied American History and Literature, and lived in Lowell House. The Harvard Crimson, the daily Student newspaper of Harvard University, was founded in 1873 Lowell House is one of the twelve undergraduate residential houses at Harvard University for sophomores juniors and seniors Before joining the Times in 1980, he was a film critic for Time. Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and
During his time as a theater critic, Rich was criticized by theatrical producers, such as David Merrick, for his often harsh reviews. David Merrick ( November 27 1911 &ndash April 25, 2000) was a prolific Tony Award -winning American Theatrical producer
As a political commentator, Rich is often criticized by Bill O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel. William James O'Reilly Jr (born September 10 1949 is an American television / radio host, Author, Syndicated columnist, and The O'Reilly Factor is an American Talk show on the Fox News Channel hosted by commentator Bill O'Reilly, who discusses Rich is openly critical of Fox News Channel, accusing it of having a conservative bias.  O'Reilly cites Rich's 2007 award from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as proof of his bias. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation ( GLAAD) is a Non-profit organization of LGBT Activism that is "dedicated to promoting and  On his radio broadcast of April 16, 2007, O'Reilly called Rich a hypocrite for having accused Mel Gibson of anti-semitism, referring to Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ, while maintaining a more friendly attitude toward controversial commentator Don Imus, who had called New York City based sportscaster Len Berman "Lenny the Jew" on a 60 Minutes broadcast in 1998. Events 1178 BC - A Solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson, AO (born January 3 1956 Antisemitism (alternatively spelled anti-semitism or anti-Semitism; also rarely known as judeophobia) is the Prejudice against or hostility The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 film co-written co-produced and directed by Mel Gibson. John Donald Imus Jr (born July 23 1940) known simply as Don Imus, is an American radio host, Shock jock, Humorist The City of New York Len Berman (Born June 14, 1947 in New York City) is the weekday evening sports anchor on WNBC-TV. Not to be confused with the BBC news magazine program Sixty Minutes (TV series.
The October 14, 2007 Times featured Stephen Colbert guest-writing most of Maureen Dowd's column. Maureen Dowd (born January 14, 1952) is a Washington DC -based Columnist for The New York Times. In that article, Colbert satirically wrote: "Bad things are happening in countries you shouldn’t have to think about. It’s all George Bush’s fault, the vice president is Satan, and God is gay. There. Now I’ve written Frank Rich’s column too. "
He is Jewish.  He is married to Alex Witchel, who also writes for the Times, and has two sons from his previous marriage to Gail Winston. He lives in Manhattan. Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York