8. Abraham Rosenthal (1977-1986)
7. Howell Raines (2001-2003)
6. Jill Abramson (2011-20141)
5. Bill Keller (2003-2011)
4. James Reston (1968-19692)
3. Turner Catledge (1964-1968)
2. Max Frankel (1986-1994)
1. Joseph Lelyveld (1994-2001)
On Wednesday, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of the New York Times and chairman of The New York Times Company, mystified many of his employees by announcing that he had just fired Jill Abramson, who had been the paper's executive editor since 2011. He didn't explain why, and declined to substantively answer questions on the subject posed by the journalists he employs.
So: Sulzberger unceremoniously dispatches the first female head editor of the most important and prestigious newspaper in the world without explanation. Prior former editors, including the one who was there during the troubles with plagiarism and fabrication and war-mongering backed by trumped-up intelligence from disreputable sources, received gracious, [...]
Mid-East peace. The China-Japan Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute. Diabetes. A desire for a Manhattan apartment. Living in New York. The European bank crisis. A personal dream of opening a Mediterranean restaurant. Unsolved cases of lost New York cell phones. Climate change for Republicans. Equity for Libyan women. American social issues. Playwright Jon Fosse’s career. Carrots. The Aquada, an amphibious sports car. Quota reform at the IMF to alleviate Eurocentrism. A dictum that interior designer David Wiseman once heard: ‘Ask the material what it would like to be.’ A plan to install a floating shelf. What to do with the millions of Palestinians.
yup. RT @samfbiddle: @max_read @mattlanger @maura also horrible things that exploit stupid people deserve to be ridiculed into destruction
— Silvia Killingsworth (@silviakillings) November 14, 2012
Last night, or in "today's paper" if that is how you roll, Times restaurant critic Pete Wells bombed Guy Fieri's new garbage hut in Times Square with a zero-star review and the Internet kind of exploded over it with glee.
This food shack does in fact sound truly terrible! I fortunately already knew that I would not need to eat there, long before the Times saw fit to inform me. Which, then, I have questions: is [...]
Probing the election fraud gospel according to True the Vote, in today's NYT. Good read: nyti.ms/U2vRi4
— Sam Sifton (@SamSifton) September 17, 2012
And from the Times public editor this weekend:
The national editor, Sam Sifton, rejected the argument. “There’s a lot of reasonable disagreement on both sides,” he said. One side says there’s not significant voter fraud; the other side says there’s not significant voter suppression. “It’s not our job to litigate it in the paper,” Mr. Sifton said. “We need to state what each side says.”
Reading the very good voter fraud story, which hews closely to facts, instead of "teaching [...]
It’s easy to look at our media industrial complex and forget that its members were once young and hungry, that they had to hustle, grease sources and report stories within an inch of life. One can imagine these scrappers delirious just to see a byline buried on B4 or, God forbid, a sidebar. They sammy glicked their way through the newsroom. No one exited the womb a star.
Even so, these people seem to exist only in the ever-present. We see Juan Williams as Hannity’s graying foil—who sold out for the change in Roger Ailes' pocket—but not the guy who, in 1987, churned out a gorgeous profile of a [...]