Given her relevant subject-matter expertise, Scott was asked in recent weeks to give context to the massive public engagement around Jack Layton’s death by a number of media outlets. Her op ed was a natural extension of the views she articulated in those interviews.
In the lead up to the 10th anniversary of the fall of the twin towers in New York City, a lot of media are looking for new ways to make sense of the decade-old events.
In fact anniversaries of significant happenings often provide would-be commentators with an opportunity to provide analysis of a related matter — a means of hooking their knowledge to a current news story. I’ve noticed op ed writers capitalizing on the past via anniversaries of historic elections, sporting events and natural disasters as a means of illuminating the present. Doing so can give sometimes tip the balance, giving the editor you’re pitching one more reason to publish your piece now.