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Ex-New York Times Editor Writes On Getting Fired In Memoir (Howell Raines, Man of Class)
Associated Press ^ | April 13, 2006

Posted on 04/13/2006 5:39:10 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War

Ex-New York Times Editor Writes On Getting Fired In Memoir

POSTED: 7:21 pm EDT April 13, 2006

UPDATED: 7:49 pm EDT April 13, 2006

NEW YORK -- Howell Raines, the former executive editor of The New York Times, warns at the beginning of his new memoir that the book is about sport fishing and the "unpredictability of luck," not the episode that led to his firing: the Jayson Blair scandal.

Blair was the young Times reporter revealed in 2003 to have fabricated or plagiarized parts of several articles. Raines lost his job over the incident, in part because the paper failed to heed early warnings about Blair's conduct.

The book, "The One that Got Away," also isn't about Raines' oversight of the Times during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. A year after his departure, the paper said in an editors' note that it had been "taken in" by misinformation about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and published several articles that should have been challenged by editors.

He also didn't dwell on his successes, including the seven Pulitzer prizes the Times won in 2001, his first year on the job.

Instead, "The One that Got Away" is a recounting of fishing adventures, childhood memories and ruminations on what it means to have the biggest fish you've ever caught get away from you.

Raines does deal with Blair near the end of the book, calling him a "gremlin," a "dwarf" and a liar.

He takes shots at colleagues, too, while explaining how he "fell out of love" with the Times.

Among other things, Raines suggested the paper's expose on the Blair scandal laid too much blame on senior editors.

"If I had been writing the story, I would have gone for an approach of layered complexity, placing our failure to catch Jayson into the context of the Times's long-standing editing and personnel practices," he wrote.

Raines also wrote of feeling betrayed by his staff -- something he suggested stemmed from an environment of infighting and turf battles.

Of one Times editor who criticized him in public but was friendly in private, Raines wrote, "What is it about this place that has given this good man the soul of a bushwhacker?"

The 325-page book, published by Simon & Schuster, is due out May 9.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bookreview; howellraines; jaysonblair; memoir; newyorktimes; nyt; onethatgotaway; raines
A little blast from the past!
1 posted on 04/13/2006 5:39:15 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Media Schadenfreude alert.


2 posted on 04/13/2006 5:40:06 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War (This tagline is false.)
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To: Dont Mention the War; Grampa Dave; Liz
Instead, "The One that Got Away" is a recounting of fishing adventures, childhood memories and ruminations on what it means to have the biggest fish you've ever caught get away from you.

Hmmm. Sounds like a real ... YAAAAAWWWWWWWNNNNNNN ... page turner.

3 posted on 04/13/2006 5:42:43 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Dont Mention the War

A liar writing about other liars. Think I'll pass.


4 posted on 04/13/2006 5:43:33 PM PDT by speedy
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To: Dont Mention the War

only a LIBERAL would brag about getting pulitzer prizes!(theyre the ONLY ones who get them) lol


5 posted on 04/13/2006 5:43:49 PM PDT by Jazzman1
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To: speedy
Who outside the media elite would spend real money for this type of self-serving revisionism?
6 posted on 04/13/2006 5:45:55 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ncountylee

They buy each other's books and give each other awards.


7 posted on 04/13/2006 5:49:42 PM PDT by speedy
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To: Dont Mention the War

I can't WAIT not to read this...


8 posted on 04/13/2006 5:52:32 PM PDT by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Dont Mention the War

I wonder what he has to say about firing A. M. Rosenthal at the urging of Maureen Dowd, who had slept with him earlier?

A. M. Rosenthal was a liberal, but he was an honest and decent liberal, just about the last one left on the NYT's staff.


9 posted on 04/13/2006 5:56:20 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Pharmboy
I can't WAIT not to read this...

Then don't wait! Start not reading it now! Get in before the freeper rush to NOT read it! I'm not reading it, right now... in pajamas.

/johnny

10 posted on 04/13/2006 6:00:00 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (D@mit! I'm just a cook. Don't make me come over there and prove it!)
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To: Dont Mention the War
I would have gone for an approach of layered complexity...

"Layered complexity"? Doncha just love it when libs talk that way? I think he wanted to say "nuance", but J. Effin Kerry ruined that word for these elitist snobs.

11 posted on 04/13/2006 6:00:23 PM PDT by Timeout (I hate MediaCrats!)
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To: Cicero
NYT's staff.

Freeper speeling police... NYT's staph... as in 'That's a really bad staph infection.'

/johnny

12 posted on 04/13/2006 6:02:13 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (D@mit! I'm just a cook. Don't make me come over there and prove it!)
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To: Dont Mention the War
Who wants to read something that we already knew nearly three years ago on various message threads on FR?
13 posted on 04/13/2006 6:03:06 PM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: Dont Mention the War

Having got that out of his system, he will retreat to a University some where.


14 posted on 04/13/2006 6:04:09 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: Dont Mention the War

When I became interested in fly fishing I read Raines book about that subject. I didn't learn anything about fishing but I learned a hell of a lot about liberals and their hatred of Republicans.


15 posted on 04/13/2006 6:04:26 PM PDT by saganite (The poster formerly known as Arkie 2)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Well, ok...I wanted to be the first one not to read this, by it's not a surprise that some random freeper would not read this before me. But remember this: I'm a VERY fast non-reader...


16 posted on 04/13/2006 6:05:00 PM PDT by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Well, I didn't read it yesterday.
17 posted on 04/13/2006 6:06:27 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Pharmboy
That's ok. I lied about the pajamas.

/johnny

18 posted on 04/13/2006 6:06:50 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (D@mit! I'm just a cook. Don't make me come over there and prove it!)
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To: Billthedrill
Somebody has to be first to ignore the rantings of a dissed liberal and ridicule it.

I stand in awe at your precience, to know to avoid a book filled with, at best, feline flatulance.

I'm still not reading it. And savoring every moment.

/johnny

19 posted on 04/13/2006 6:12:06 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (D@mit! I'm just a cook. Don't make me come over there and prove it!)
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To: Dont Mention the War
"If I had been writing the story, I would have gone for an approach of layered complexity, placing our failure to catch Jayson into the context of the Times's long-standing editing and personnel practices," he wrote."

TOO precious for even Pinchloaf, Draines. That's why you're gone to lunch at the old fishing hole...

"Of one Times editor who criticized him in public but was friendly in private, Raines wrote, "What is it about this place that has given this good man the soul of a bushwhacker?"

Jill Abramson would laugh at you but she doesn't know how, Draines. Her face is frozen that way, don't you know...

20 posted on 04/13/2006 6:19:18 PM PDT by StAnDeliver
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To: Timeout
Good point. How about "nuanced layered complexity," or "complex layered nuances," maybe "complex nuanced layers." Just think, if the Giggolo had won, we'd be hearing this all the time.
21 posted on 04/13/2006 6:19:33 PM PDT by Malesherbes
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To: Dont Mention the War
Howell Raines taught Jason Blair how to lie.

Turns out Blair became a "Diversity Fire".

22 posted on 04/13/2006 6:50:52 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (CODE PINK has blood on their hands and they can never, never wash it off)
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To: speedy
They buy each other's books and give each other awards.

They'll never learn. They are SO inbred. It's like holding an AA Meeting with a two drink minimum.

23 posted on 04/13/2006 6:52:13 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (CODE PINK has blood on their hands and they can never, never wash it off)
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To: Timeout
"Layered complexity" = "Share The Blame"
24 posted on 04/13/2006 6:53:19 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (CODE PINK has blood on their hands and they can never, never wash it off)
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To: Doctor Raoul

"Layered Complexity" = John Kerry's HAIR!


25 posted on 04/13/2006 6:57:41 PM PDT by Timeout (I hate MediaCrats!)
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To: Dont Mention the War

We make our luck, Howell.


26 posted on 04/13/2006 7:00:53 PM PDT by Savage Beast (9/11 was never repeated--thanks to President Bush and his surveillance program.)
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To: Doctor Raoul
They'll never learn. They are SO inbred. It's like holding an AA Meeting with a two drink minimum.

Newsrooms are like college campuses. I've spent plenty of time in both. It never occurs to these people that there are other serious points of view. They all assume their colleagues share identical attitudes. And on that one, of course, they are sadly pretty much correct.

27 posted on 04/13/2006 7:04:36 PM PDT by speedy
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To: Dont Mention the War

When does Ann's next book come out??

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters


28 posted on 04/13/2006 7:04:48 PM PDT by bray (Racists for Rice '08)
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To: Dont Mention the War
"The paper said in an editor's note that it had been "taken in".

In the slimy parlance of the NYT, "editor's notes" is the camoflage term for "corrections". It's list of "editor's notes" is regularly buried on page 96 under Preparation H advertisements.

Leni

29 posted on 04/13/2006 7:06:28 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: martin_fierro

This looks like one I'm gonna miss, too.


30 posted on 04/13/2006 7:18:26 PM PDT by Liz (We have room for but one flag, the American flag." —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: Dont Mention the War

Thanks for the ping.


31 posted on 04/13/2006 8:25:09 PM PDT by GOPJ (Tolerance of evil is not virtue)
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To: Dont Mention the War
He also didn't dwell on his successes, including the seven Pulitzer prizes the Times won in 2001, his first year on the job.

Instead, "The One that Got Away" is a recounting of fishing adventures, childhood memories and ruminations on what it means to have the biggest fish you've ever caught get away from you.

Maybe, just maybe, the biggest fish that got away was the job at the Times?

32 posted on 04/13/2006 8:30:39 PM PDT by GOPJ (Tolerance of evil is not virtue)
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To: Malesherbes
if the Giggolo had won, we'd be hearing this all the time.

Naw, we'd be hearing the call to prayer five times a day, and that's it.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

33 posted on 04/19/2006 10:28:21 PM PDT by Criminal Number 18F
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