Fred Dicker: Long-serving ‘Post’ editorial-page editor Bob McManus to retire

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Today on his daily radio show in Albany, The New York Post's Fred Dicker announced that the paper's editorial page editor, Bob McManus, is retiring.

"He joined the New York Post shortly after I did, about six months later," said Dicker, who is the newspaper's state editor. "I had given him a strong recommendation. He escaped the Times Union."

Since that time in 1983, McManus, a former marine submarine sailor in the U.S. Navy, has steadily advanced at the paper, becoming editorial page editor in 2000.

"He's had a stellar career at the Post," Dicker said of his colleague.

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McManus has managed an editorial page that frequently reflects the mercurial politics of its owner, News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch, as many News Corp. papers do, in different ways. During his time at the helm, the Post editorial page has often been supportive of independent mayor Michael Bloomberg and Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany, but frequently sides with Republicans nationally and is never more supportive of incumbents in Washington, Albany or New York City than when they're doing battle with traditional liberal constituencies. This year, the page endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

And despite the page's support for independent and Democratic elected officials in recent years, the column has expressed strong reservations about increased government spending and higher taxes; it's clashed with Bloomberg over his health initiatives, invoking the specter of the "nanny state," and lambasted Cuomo for his reluctance to embrace hydrofracking to spur the state's economy. (McManus has also publicly chided Cuomo on Dicker's radio show.) 

Dicker said McManus will be succeeded by a "distinguished" columnist and journalist from The Wall Street Journal, but did not specify whom.

There's been no official announcement about the McManus departure from the Post, but we've contacted the paper and will update this item when we hear more.