Sunday column reviews her first year on the job (actually quite similar to what she said in our interview several months back). One quote:
"I’m often asked what I’ve learned about The Times from this unique
perch. I’ve found it to be excellent but hardly flawless, and its flaws
are stubborn ones. Its resources — a top-flight newsroom of more than
1,000 people — make its journalism indispensable, but that is often
accompanied by self-satisfaction. Although The Times usually corrects
factual errors quickly, it is not quick to admit that matters of tone or
practice could be better, or that a decision should be reconsidered;
when questioned, some of its journalists shift reflexively into a
Saturday UPDATE Coincidence? NYT finally runs prominent piece raising risks of attack on Syria (now that it's too late).
Earlier: Margaret Sullivan again proves her worth, raising questions (her own and from readers) about NYT's coverage of the run-up to the coming attack on Syria. I've done this for awhile (months) on blogs and Twitter and as recently as today, noting Michael Gordon's return to the top of the home page--remember, he was Judy Miller's co-author on some of her worst Iraq pieces. Anyway, Sullivan suggests that the paper's editorial page has been pretty cautious but its news pages too often seem to be seeing things through the eyes of the insiders and the administration. "While The Times has offered deep and rich coverage from both Washington
and the Syrian region, the tone cannot be described as consistently
skeptical." (Note: My book on how the Times and others failed on Iraq, So Wrong for So Long. My other WMD-related book: Atomic Cover-up.)
Quote of the day from the Times' number two editor, Dean Baquet, on the paper blowing Iraq WMD coverage and helping to get us into ten-year war: "It was a long, long, time ago." Baquet, asked about advising reporters about what happened a decade ago: “I’ve never said, ‘Let’s remember what happened with Iraq.’”
Well, his family, I can report, does serve great food at JazzFest in NOLA, from their eatery. Trout Baquet is great.