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RAINES REAMS NYT EX-COLLEAGUES, NEWS CULTURE AT GRAY LADY ("Pinch" likened to Wile E. Coyote)
NY POST ^ | March 25, 2004 | KEITH J. KELLY

Posted on 03/25/2004 2:45:37 PM PST by Liz

Edited on 05/26/2004 5:20:24 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Former New York Times executive editor Howell Raines has unleashed a blistering criticism of the paper where he worked for 25 years and of the onetime friend who ultimately fired him, publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. "I felt on the day I became executive editor and on the day I drove away from West Forty-Third Street for the last time that the Times badly needs to raise the level of its journalism, and to do so quickly in order to survive and make the full transition to the digital age," Raines writes in the May issue of The Atlantic Monthly - his first public comments since the days following his ouster last year.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: ccrm; howellraines; jaysonblair; nyt
"Pinch" comes off as the bad seed, an aberration in "Punch" Sulzberger's gene pool. The Little Prince screwed-up bigtime.
1 posted on 03/25/2004 2:45:38 PM PST by Liz
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To: Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER; Libloather; martin_fierro
Howell Raines spills his guts.
2 posted on 03/25/2004 2:47:56 PM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
"the Times badly needs to raise the level of its journalism...."

I must say I agree with old Howell on this one. I wonder if we are thinking of the same ways to raise the level.
3 posted on 03/25/2004 2:53:14 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: Timesink; *CCRM; governsleastgovernsbest; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; ...
Media Schadenfreude ping - Raines Rains Mainly On The Pinch

On, Off, or grab it for a Media Shenanigans/Schadenfreude ping:
http://www.freerepublic.com/~anamusedspectator/

4 posted on 03/25/2004 3:00:59 PM PST by an amused spectator (if we had wrapped our tin foil tighter, we could have prevented 9/11)
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To: Bahbah
I wonder if we are thinking of the same ways to raise the level.

I doubt it.

5 posted on 03/25/2004 3:01:13 PM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
...the Times badly needs to raise the level of its journalism...

It has been my experience that adding water to a stagnant pond only churns up the scum, and makes the slime more treacherous.

6 posted on 03/25/2004 3:01:59 PM PST by FreedomFarmer (I named my boar Mohammed.)
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To: FreedomFarmer
The Sulzberger DNA needs recodimg.
7 posted on 03/25/2004 3:03:55 PM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
"Nowadays, I think of Jayson Blair as an accident that ended my newspaper career in the same unpredictable way that a heart attack or a plane crash might have," writes Raines.

Only partly true. It was an accident in the same way that having a heart attack after 30 years of smoking three packs a day and eating nothing but eggs benedict for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is an accident.

Jayson Blair had been emitting smoke for a long time before he burst into flames. Raines was, to use his own favorite word, "complacent" about it.

The fact that Raines was also on a mission to turn America's Foremost Leftist Newspaper into the American Left's Foremost Newspaper should have had even more to do with it, but it appears that Sulzberger was in full agreement with that part. Damn them both, as far as I'm concerned.


8 posted on 03/25/2004 3:06:46 PM PST by Nick Danger (If you don't disagree with me, how will I know I'm right?)
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To: Nick Danger
Blair on Fox News said he was working in an "amoral culture" at the NYT. Probably the only thing the little creep said that was true,
9 posted on 03/25/2004 3:09:56 PM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
"...that the Times badly needs to raise the level of its journalism, and to do so quickly in order to survive and make the full transition to the digital age"

Does that roughly translate into "they can now know when we are lying"?

10 posted on 03/25/2004 3:22:47 PM PST by NonValueAdded (He says "Bring it on!!" Then when you do, he says, "How dare you!! ")
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To: NonValueAdded
It's gruesome, but I think you got the (gag) liberal rant down pat.
11 posted on 03/25/2004 3:25:56 PM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
"The difference between Punch and Arthur is the difference between the Marine Corps, where Punch had his formative experience, and Outward Bound, where Arthur had his," Raines writes. Both experiences teach you how to get to the top of the mountain, he notes, "but Arthur wants it to be touchy feely along the way."

BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

Who knew the Old Gray Lady was an MTV Goth?!

12 posted on 03/25/2004 3:59:54 PM PST by Enduring Freedom (Guess How We Ended Japanese Kamikaze Attacks?)
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To: Liz; All
Cross-link:

-The Old Grey Info-Slut... the NYT/Jayson Blair Affair--

13 posted on 03/25/2004 4:11:10 PM PST by backhoe (--30--)
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To: Enduring Freedom
I'll just bet Pinch is really, really "tolerant and compassionate," too (gag).
14 posted on 03/25/2004 4:16:37 PM PST by Liz
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To: Bahbah
I must say I agree with old Howell on this one. I wonder if we are thinking of the same ways to raise the level.

I doubt it, wish he were, then perhaps he would really spill the beans! This it ain't news until we say it is news is beyond arrogant, especially when you know their agenda!

15 posted on 03/25/2004 4:16:57 PM PST by ladyinred (Weakness Invites War. Peace through Strength.)
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To: Liz; diotima; Bob J; Timesink
Raines states in the Atlantic essay that he strove in his two-year run at the top to shake up a culture of "mañana journalism" and to dispel what he called the "dangerously outmoded Times maxim, 'It's not news until we say it's news.'
Yup, they done lost that crown.

16 posted on 03/25/2004 4:33:36 PM PST by AnnaZ (I hate Times New Roman... and it's all Mel Gibson's fault!)
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To: ladyinred
"I doubt it, wish he were"

I hope fellow FReepers could hear the dripping sarcasm. I don't know the tag line for that.
17 posted on 03/25/2004 4:37:49 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: Liz
He may be "splilling his guts," but he is also demonstrating that he still doesn't have a clue. Jayson Blair wasn't an accident that happened on his watch, like a heart attack. He was more like an auto accident that happened because Raines was dead brunk behind the wheel of the Times when that happened.

This journalistic clown is trying to pretend he made no mistakes and push the blame off on others. Sounds sorta like Clarke, doesn't he?

The basic problem with the Times when Raines took the reins was not that it needed to be modernized. It was that it had trashed its own reputation for integrity. Since Raines had no clue about the basic problem, he was congenitally incapable of correcting the problem. IMHO.

Congressman Billybob

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18 posted on 03/25/2004 5:23:09 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com Visit. Join. Help. Please.)
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To: AnnaZ
More like, "If the NYT says it's news, I, for one, am not convinced."
19 posted on 03/25/2004 5:29:38 PM PST by Liz
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To: Congressman Billybob
A (gag) liberal's typical "It's not my fault" defense.
20 posted on 03/25/2004 5:30:54 PM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
The only way you are goiing to fix the NYT is to fire everybody there and start out with a whole new crew. The new people would have to be told that any editorial slant in any news item would result in immediate termination.

Since that will never happen the NYT will continue is spriral downward into the muck.

21 posted on 03/25/2004 5:41:30 PM PST by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing!)
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To: Liz
Raines states in the Atlantic essay that he strove in his two-year run at the top to shake up a culture of "mañana journalism" and to dispel what he called the "dangerously outmoded Times maxim, 'It's not news until we say it's news.'

What Raines will be most remembered for, besides the Jayson Blair thing, is his obsessive "flooding the zone" for Martha Burk's crusade against the Masters. That sounds like creating, not covering, news to me. Notice that now that Raines is out, Burk is no longer planning any Masters' protests?

22 posted on 03/25/2004 10:03:52 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: Congressman Billybob
"This journalistic clown is trying to pretend he made no mistakes and push the blame off on others. Sounds sorta like Clarke, doesn't he?"

Actually, he sounds like any liberal.

It's always somebody else's fault.

23 posted on 03/25/2004 10:18:34 PM PST by okie01 (www.ArmorforCongress.com...because Congress isn't for the morally halt and the mentally lame.)
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To: Liz; backhoe
Somewhere on here this week, I saw somebody post something that was so funny.

Remember when disgruntled employees use to just go postal? Now we are subjected to their whiney books!
24 posted on 03/25/2004 10:21:04 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
One benefit of going postal is that it takes them off the streets and off TV.

We get punished over and over when authors with an axe to grind get all that media facetime.

25 posted on 03/26/2004 2:30:02 AM PST by Liz
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To: NYCVirago
Nice take.
26 posted on 03/26/2004 2:31:11 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
Raines likens Sulzberger's efforts to thwart the paper's gossipmongers to a cartoon character known for persistence - and failure: "Every executive editor has been frustrated by the Times grapevine, and Arthur sometimes comes across as Wile E. Coyote, so elaborate and endlessly hopeful are his schemes to thwart the gossip network."

Ummmm, would that be like endlessly silly schemes that never work or like the puffed-up idiocy of one who never wins?

27 posted on 03/26/2004 2:49:11 PM PST by GOPJ (NFL Owners: Grown men don't watch hollywood peep shows with wives and children.)
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