July 22, 2003

The Observer on Bill Keller

The Observer on Bill Keller

A preliminary take on Bill Keller's nascent stewardship of the NYT. Including this gem:

"What I underestimated at that point," Mr. Keller continued, "was that quality that Maureen Dowd refers to as the Lord of the Flies quality, where on top of all the legitimate grievances, a lot of extraneous baggage and frustrations exploded up. It was clear that people at the paper were not going to let it go. There was a small part of me that thought of it as poetic justice. But there was a much bigger part that thought it was excruciating to watch, because IÕm devoted to this place and a lot of these people. And I donÕt know if you can really have friends when youÕre the executive editor, but a lot of these people have been my friends until now. And it hurt to watch them."

This "Lord of the Flies" quality MaDo explicates would go a long way towards explaining her column-writing style, wouldn't it?

Posted by Gregory at July 22, 2003 09:18 AM
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