Howell Raines Leaves the Last Word to Gerald Boyd

This morning Howard Kurtz gets a comment from Howell Raines on Gerald Boyd’s posthumous memoir. Discussing his rise at The Times, Mr. Boyd has many, many flattering passages about Mr. Raines, but greatly distances himself when he addresses the Blair scandal. Throughout the section, Mr. Boyd blames Mr. Raines, writing that it was Mr. Raines decisions during the scandal–and his perception in the newsroom before the scandal–that ultimately pushed them out of The Times.

Nevertheless, Mr. Raines plays it cool, telling Howie Kurtz: “My main response to the book is sadness. It made me very sad that Gerald is gone and that he had such tragedy in his life.”

Boyd also had many unflattering things to say about Jon Landman, the paper’s current culture editor who is commonly seen as one of the few heroes during the Blair scandal. When I asked Mr. Landman if he had any response a few weeks ago, he also gave the last word to Boyd: “Nobody should forget that Gerald left a wife and son and many friends who cherish his memory, which I am not about to smudge with a posthumous quarrel. The last word is his.”

  Howell Raines Leaves the Last Word to Gerald Boyd