Geneva Overholser: What in the World Does the New York Times Mean by “Independence?!”

From a story by Geneva Overholser headlined “What in the world does the Times mean by ‘independence?!'”

Joe Kahn, soon to become executive editor of The New York Times, is obviously smart, substantive and devoted to the venerable paper he will lead. A recent New York magazine article called him “the ultimate inside man…sturdy, disciplined and reverential to the mission of the Times.” I’d like to urge Kahn to reflect on that mission more deeply.

I write this because I kept noticing the word “independence” in comments from Times leaders about his appointment. I had previously seen the paper’s new branding choice: “Independent Journalism for an Independent Life.”