Chemi Shalev, New York-based U.S. editor for Haaretz, has a fun interview with Clyde Haberman, a reporter who very recently wrapped up 36 years of stalwart service with the New York Times. When you’ve had as long and varied a career as Haberman, the lede for a third-party article pretty much writes itself:
Haberman recounts the time a member of Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations – “A president of something or other,” as he puts it – got up and said: “Every morning when I read you, I get sick to my stomach.”
“Your health is everything,” the veteran New York Times journalist responded. “You should stop reading.”
Ha ha. Very nice, diplomatic, neutralizing answer. There’s a a number of other colorful recollections in the Shalev dispatch, including Haberman noting that his four years as an NYT correspondent in Israel was the only professional assignment that delivered ZERO congratulatory letters. Tough beat. The full article is, fyi, paywalled.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Clyde Haberman Departs New York Times