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Dysfunctional Times

If you haven’t gotten to it yet, read Jed Babbin’s column on RCP today: Total Dysfunction at the New York Times:

One source close to the Times’s inner workings said that when executive editor Howell Raines was fired in September 2003 (and Washington editor Jill Abramson promoted to managing editor) a prominent Washington journalist who had observed Abramson’s work at the Wall Street Journal said, “they fired the wrong guy.” The right guy – the one the journalist thought should have been fired – was Pinch Sulzberger.

The New York Times is so out-of-control because the source of the problems — Sulzberger — can’t be fired. However, recent shareholder dissent has given us some reason to hope that Sulzberger’s job is not as secure as it seems.

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