When he came to work at The Times, Mr. Silver gained a lot more visibility and the credibility associated with a prominent institution. But he lost something, too: the right to act like a free agent with responsibilities to nobody’s standards but his own.
I return to New Orleans often — to fish, eat and dance. But it is a particular pleasure to sit in one of the city’s many coffee shops and watch plain old folks jaw over The Times-Picayune, brandishing it like a weapon when they want to make a point.
When The Levee Breaks
David Carr writes a superb piece looking at the decline of the New Orleans Times-Picayune in his latest Media Equation column. The above is not the only memorable paragraph from the piece but it struck a resounding note when I read it.
I visited New Orleans for a week in the spring of 2007 to participate in the Katrina relief effort. While there, I had the chance to hear from Dan Shea, the Times-Picayune’s managing editor. Shea spoke at length about the paper’s experience in the aftermath of the hurricane. Much of its staff stayed behind and, despite the widespread destruction, the paper only missed three days of print publication. It’s an amazing story of newsroom heroism by a staff that will soon be dramatically reduced.
Carr’s article is worth a read, if not just for the great writing. For the full article, check out The New York Times’ website
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — As John Conner plunged into the end zone for the Jets’ third touchdown of the second half, Mark Sanchez stood at the Buffalo 5-yard line and turned toward the crowd, or what was left of it, sitting behind the east end zone. He lifted his left leg and sliced the air with a Karate Kid-style drop kick, symbolically booting aside the Bills in an A.F.C. East race that tightened Sunday with an unequivocal demolition at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The New York Times’ Greg Bishop sure knows how to start off a story. The above paragraph is simply a magnificent display of lede writing. Bishop’s ability to tie the Karate Kid kick together with the game as a whole (and the fact that he even noticed the kick in the first place) is deserving of praise. Sports fan or not, you want to read on, don’t you?
Assuming the answer is yes, you can find the full story here.