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Abe Rosenthal, 1922 – 2006

abetimes.jpgFrom the NYT: “A. M. Rosenthal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent who became the executive editor of The New York Times and led the paper’s global news operations through 17 years of record growth, modernization and major journalistic change, died yesterday in Manhattan. He was 84.”

In a masterful obituary, Robert McFadden writes, “Brilliant, passionate, abrasive, a man of dark moods and mercurial temperament, he could coolly evaluate world developments one minute and humble a subordinate for an error in the next. He spent almost all of his 60-year career with The Times–he often called it his life–but it was a career in three parts: reporter, editor and columnist.”

It is perhaps ironic that he died just before the anniversary of the Jayson Blair saga exploded. A little bit of his newspaper died that day too.

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