[November 4, 2021] I’ll begin with the caveat that Michael Goodwin would probably disagree with the title of today’s article. He would not consider himself a “political leader.” If I had to describe his political views, I would say he is a conservative, but that might be misleading. Mr. Goodwin is the New York Post’s chief political columnist and frequent contributor to Fox News.
Categorizing this man is not easy, but you can get an idea of how he thinks through his articles and Twitter comments. Reading his Tweets is a look into his mind and understanding what a great thinker is up to. Goodwin is direct. He pulls no punches. I like that. It’s what I like about his articles and his writings. That is also why the political left hates him with such passion.
With wit and humor, Goodwin jabs you in the chest with his comments. If a politician (Joe Biden, Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio), military leader (Mark Milley, Lloyd Austin), or businessman screw up, he is right there to call the shots as he sees it. There is no holding back.
“Another week, another series of fumbling, mumbling and disasters. How low can Joe Biden go? Once again, the common theme was weakness. At home and abroad, he is shrinking the presidency before our eyes.” – Michael Goodwin, October 30, 2021
Ouch! Please tell us what you think, Michael. Senior leadership is about getting the right results; it has nothing to do with ideology or your intent. If you don’t produce results that matter, you fail. Go home and sit in your basement. Don’t let your shadow fall on the rest of us, Goodwin might say. No surprise that he calls out the greatest political and military failures of the last decade.
This is what makes a great newspaper columnist. Going to bat by playing politics with politicians is something no honest reporter would do. And, Goodwin is not hesitant to call out his competition in the New York Times (where he worked for 16 years).
Recently, Michael Goodwin was asked, “Do you have any advice for aspiring journalists?”
“Done. Dare to. Writing, interviewing, talking, and thinking on a deadline are fundamental skills. It’s all in the mind. Those skills will always be in demand, keeping you relevant and functional.
Skill comes with age. It’s a skill. I don’t think so. You get used to it.” 1
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