Now that Arthur Brisbane is no longer holding The New York Times accountable as the public editor, he is publicly looking back at his two year tenure at the paper of record. Mr. Brisbane served as the fourth ombudsman — the readers’ representative — a position created in the wake of the 2003 Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal.
In an interview with Craig Silverman at Poynter two days after his time at the Times came to an end, Mr. Brisbane spoke about his experience.
“I’m trying to decompress,” Mr. Brisbane told “Yesterday and today are the first two working days that I haven’t had to worry about the e-mail queue and what’s coming in and what’s in the paper, and you know what? I am enjoying it.”
Mr. Brisbane expects to be remembered for his “infamous” truth vigilante post, where Mr. Brisbane questioned whether it’s a reporter’s job to challenge statements presented as facts by sources rather than just reporting it – especially by politicians during an election season. The post got a lot of attention, which came as a bit of a surprise to Mr. Brisbane.
“For better or worse, it’s probably the goddamn fact checking thing,” he said.
The sun is shining, the garbage is blossoming and the rats and the blue-shirted Greenpeace lobbyists–both of which seem to gravitate toward the Chipotle on the corner of 44th and Ninth, near The Observer building–are becoming more visible and robust. It must be spring, which seems to have finally arrived in New York only Read More
Well, that was close. The government almost shut down Friday night, but then didn’t, putting an end to weeks of speculation as to which crucial federal operations (disease control? Toxic waste cleanup?? Passport processing?!?) would be suspended while Speaker of the House John Boehner continued to be paid for providing writers across the country with Read More
“I’m not an insider, I’m just one that has access,” Sharpton told me at his annual conference this week, where he hosted President Obama and several top White House aides.
Sharpton said he was surprised his embrace of Obama made the front page of a few New York newspapers.
“Every time something happens, it’s the Read More
President Obama sent us an email on Monday saying that he wants to keep his job and his house, which is a natural feeling, even if his opponents are threatening to shut down the whole operation. In an era when unemployment checks come by direct deposit, being jobless has never been easier, plus there’s the Read More
Fine: Apple unleashed its iPad upon the world. We have elected not to care.
The only piece of technology for which we ever experienced a visceral craving was the Tamagotchi, circa 1996. That bright plastic egg was so intensely desirable that we almost wanted to eat it, or at least squeeze it very hard in Read More