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Last week, Clyde Haberman was let go from The New York Times. For the second time in his career.
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It’s been a rough week for contract writers at the Times.
Since last Monday, at least three longtime writers have been let go—including Stanley Fish, an op-ed contributor who published his last column on Dec. 23; Verlyn Klinkenborg, whose final Rural Life column appeared in print on Dec. 26; and Clyde Haberman, whose Breaking Bread column ended today.
The New York Times announced that Arthur Ochs Sulzberger died on Saturday morning with a 7,741-word obituary by veteran Times writer Clyde Haberman. In an email to Poynter over the weekend, Mr. Haberman described the writing process.
Mr. Haberman began working on the obit in 1997 — the same year “Punch” Sulzberger stepped down as Chairman of the Times Company (he had retired from his role as Publisher in 1992).
“It is never simple to write about the boss,” Mr. Haberman told Poynter. “But Mr. Sulzberger made the assignment as easy as could be.”
New York Times columnist Clyde Haberman is taking his act to the Internet.
Haberman emailed friends this evening to announce that after a somewhat abrupt ending of his 16-year print column last month, he’ll continue writing for The Times.
[S]tarting Monday I will begin a new column, offering my take Read More
If there is one hire that signifies the changing of the guard moment we’re witnessing in the New York media scene, I’d argue it’s the Village Voice‘s hiring of Harry Siegel, which they announced yesterday afternoon.
Siegel will be their new city columnist and is taking over the space filled, Read More
Here’s a quote from a story written by the Times‘ Nick Confessore, which appeared on A1 on June 14, headlined, “Senate Coup Exposes Albany’s Lack of Order”"
“‘It’s like feudal Japan,” said Blair Horner, legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group. “There’s a weak emperor and strong warlords.’”
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“If you mention the words ‘subscription’ and ‘Internet,’” said Andrew Rosenthal, “the bloggers come after you with pitchforks!”
Mr. Rosenthal, the New York Times editorial page editor, of course won’t have to deal with pitchfork-wielding bloggers, now that TimesSelect, the newspaper’s paid subscription service—complete with a op-ed columnist-shielding pay wall—has officially been killed off.
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Hidden behind the NYT Select barricade is a Clyde Haberman’s column on 9/11 political etiquette.
“It is fine to trade stocks, and play baseball, and broadcast soap operas and even write a newspaper column. But absolutely forbidden is the normal functioning of our democracy. And they say the terrorists haven’t won.”
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