Good Reading

After a year as the public editor/readers’ representative/ombudsman/devil’s advocate of the New York Times, the term-limited Margaret Sullivan, former editor of the Buffalo News, here in The Public Editor’s Sunday Column: A Year in the Life of a Watchdog |sums up her job  as “equal parts fun and horror.”  Timespeople, she concludes, are top-flight, collegial, idealistic, and professional—but also self-satisfied.  Some, when questioned, she writes in this September 1, 2013 piece in the Times, “shift reflexively into a defensive crouch.”

—Mike Feinsilber

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