In Lionizing NYT’s Baquet, Press Ignores the Childish Behavior Which Led to His Firing at the LA Times
At the Politico, concerning Dean Baquet, the new Executive Editor at the New York Times, Dylan Byers wonders: “How will … (he) handle the necessary digital transformation facing ‘All the news that’s fit to print.’?” The better question is: How will he handle the financial constraints Times management will almost inevitably have to impose on a stagnant if not shrinking newsroom operation?
To say that Baquet didn’t deal with such matters well when he was in a similar position at the Los Angeles Times eight years ago is an understatement. The working press seems to consider him some kind of hero for standing up to senior management at the Tribune Company, the paper’s owner. The fact is that his childish, passive-aggressive posturing made his firing inevitable, The fact is that his childish, passive-aggressive posturing made his firing inevitable, and that he should have been sent packing months earlier than he was.