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RIP Ben Bradlee

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Big Circus, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member


  2. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    The legendary editor was 93.

  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    This is a huge fucking deal.

    The greatest heights our (current or former) profession ever ascended to, and he oversaw it. We've all worked for people who won't even rattle the cage of the local high school track coach. This guy trusted his reporters to take down a president.
  4. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    A titan of the business. In a way, we all owe him and Kathy Graham a debt.

    This was great.

  5. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Surprised that there is not more comment on one of the newspaper giants.

    That pretty much leaves Rupert Murdoch as the last one left.

  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    The sad thing is, you wonder how many people are still in the biz who were in newsrooms when Bradlee led the WP. He retired in '91. Even if that was your first year in the biz, how many 20 year vets are left in newsrooms?
  7. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Great piece by David Remnick: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/postscript-benjamin-c-bradlee

    "Even if you were quite sure he didn't know your name, you were prepared to go to fantastic lengths to live up to his standards."

    That's a great line, a telling one, and one that rings true based on all the tributes I've seen so far.
  8. Spent most of last night and the better part of this morning read piece after piece about Bradlee.

    How many editors dreamed of being Bradlee? How many reporters dreamed of working under him?


    The Lion Sleeps.

  9. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    If you haven't read his masterpiece of an autobiography, now is the perfect time.

  10. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    He was the kind of person who would have been charismatic and dominating in his field if he'd been a plumber. Journalism was lucky he chose it.
  11. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Maybe we're the exception, but there are a ton in our newsroom. Funny, when our "publishing center" got off the ground, a few vets held over, a few vets were hired and mostly young kids came aboard. Many of the young ones have since left and were replaced by 20+-year vets.
  12. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Kornheiser and Wilbon remember Bradlee:


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