In an interview with NPR’s David Folkenflik, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet says he never gave Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. an ultimatum about now-former Executive Editor Jill Abramson. He also talks a little bit about management style.
“I’m not commenting on Jill’s relationship with the newsroom or management style. I’ll let others do that,” Baquet said. “But one thing that people say is newspapers always have tough [leaders]. I mean I’ve seen many elegies to ‘the city editor who changed my life because he was really nasty to me for six months and it made me a better person.’ I think that’s nuts.”
He added, “I don’t think that leaders have to be or should be rough on their people. Leaders have to make tough decisions.”
Earlier this week, former (Greensboro, North Carolina) News & Record Editor John Robinson tweeted something along those lines, bouncing off a Jim Romenesko post about a tough editor.
I know we hard-nosed, cynical journalists like to glorify tough SOB city editors, but, really, they're just assholes. http://t.co/i9TTKnfe3O
— John Robinson (@johnrobinson) May 27, 2014
He followed that tweet today:
— John Robinson (@johnrobinson) May 30, 2014