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Sulzberger: “People care desperately about the New York Times… the day they stop, we’ll lose something invaluable.”

Today Jon Friedman talks to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., who hits on something important about all the NYT-bashing scrutiny of the past year: It’s done out of love, like a parent gently scolding a straight-A child for slackin’ off and accusing Gerlado of a nudge scraping by with a C. In any case, it’s only because we care, and also because let’s face it, Judy Miller and Jayson Blair are definitely worthy of a dunce-cap. In any case, here are some of the comments Friedman coaxed out of Sulzberger in the piece:

  • On James Risen‘s infamous spying story: “The decision to hold it never even got to me. It was made for good journalistic reasons.”

  • On the Judy Miller imbroglio: “I learned that maybe I got too close to an issue. I could’ve been supportive without being present.”
  • On an easy scapegoat for the above: “Too many lawyers spoil the broth.”
  • On the future of the NYT: He is definitely focused on “how we’re going to make the business-model transition from print to digital.”
  • On spelling his name right: He hopes, at least, for that.

Controversies dog Sulzberger’s Times [MarketWatch]

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