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Columnist Bob Herbert Is Leaving The New York Times After Almost 20 Years

After nearly 20 years with the New York Times, columnist Bob Herbert has resigned, editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal announced in a staff memo Friday. His last column will appear in the paper on Saturday.

“He was often called ‘the conscience of The Times,’” Rosenthal wrote. “We will miss him and wish him the best in his new endeavors.”

In a message accompanying the announcement, Herbert explained his decision:

The deadlines and demands were a useful discipline, but for some time now I have grown eager to move beyond the constriction of the column format, with its rigid 800-word limit, in favor of broader and more versatile efforts.

It may be difficult to imagine the Times Op-Ed page without Herbert’s voice, and Rosenthal said it was too soon to know who might replace Herbert, and whether it would be one person or possibly more.

This is only the latest in a series of shakeups at the Times Op-Ed page, including Frank Rich, who left earlier this month for New York magazine, David Shipley, who left for Bloomberg’s new opinion venture, and editor Mark Lotto, who is leaving for GQ.

GQ Hires New York Times’ Mark Lotto As Senior Editor

GQ has been in something of a hiring spate lately, and now Mark Lotto, formerly a New York Times op-ed staff editor, is moving to GQ to become a senior editor, WWD reports.

The announcement of Lotto’s departure comes merely three months after Times op-ed co editor David Shipley left for Bloomberg.

While the Times certainly seems to be shedding journalists today, GQ is taking them on. The magazine has also hired Jonathan Wilde from Men’s Journal as a senior editor, Donovan Hohn from Harper’s is to become the new features editor, and Lauren Bans has already left her recent position at The Daily to be an associate editor. Finally, as we announced yesterday,  Lance Lin, a public relations director for men’s wear at Polo Ralph Lauren, will be starting as the new GQ fashion editor on April 4.

Two Editors Leave The New York Times for Bloomberg View

Today Jeff Bercovici ponders the brewing feud between The New York Times and Bloomberg View, and in his post drops this bit of knowledge:

[Losing David Shipley] was enough of a blow to the Times, where Shipley is held in high esteem for his ability to coax op-ed contributions from prominent and diverse personages. But the hurt got worse when Shipley turned around and hired two of his deputies, Mary Duenwald and Toby Harshaw, to come with him.

It’s hard to argue with Duenwald and Harshaw leaving when we all know how much Bloomberg is paying people. But will the money be enough to satisfy them should no one pay any attention to Bloomberg View? We’ve never slept on a pile of one hundred-dollar bills, but it sure does sound comfy.

The New York Times Looks Closer at Bloomberg View

Bloomberg View, the op-ed venture from Michael Bloomberg, got a close examination in the New York Times yesterday, and we might as well get the staggering stat out of the way now: Bloomberg is paying each of its top editors – David Shipley and James P. Rubin – about $500,000 a year.

Okay, deep breaths everyone. All set? Moving on…

The article discusses Bloomberg’s motives for creating the project, and casts a shadow of doubt on our theory that he was using Bloomberg View to strengthen an eventual run at the presidency:

The mayor, a keen student of power, is privately conceding to friends that he will not be a candidate for president, a position he covets, and he is coming to grips with the reality that philanthropy, even on the sky-is-the-limit scale that he is planning, will not be enough to make him a potent force in national and international affairs.

So Mr. Bloomberg, 69, is trying on yet another new suit, that of policy-shaping publisher.

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Newly Appointed Bloomberg View Editors To Work Outside Company Headquarters

David Shipley and James P. Rubin were named executive editors of The Bloomberg View less than a month ago and already they are moving offices.’s Jeff Bercovici writes today that the two new hires will be splitting time between Bloomberg LP’s main offices on Lexington Avenue and the Bloomberg Family Foundation located on Madison Avenue and 78th Street.  According to a Bloomberg spokesperson, the move is simply the result of space limitations in the Lexington Avenue newsroom, however a pair of insiders say this measure was taken to avoid the conflict-of-interest restraints that separate Mayor Bloomberg from closely managing the company.

His interaction with the company is so highly regulated.  This enables Mike to meet with them, talk to them, have influence over what they write.

Bloomberg has toyed around in this legal gray area before  — most notably when he irked local government officials by appointing his former deputy mayor Patricia Harris CEO of his charity.  Although Bloomberg owns the office, his company would likely have to pay rent to the Family Foundation once the editors begin to work out of their space.

Bill Keller Comments on Recent Losses

In the last 10 days The New York Times has seen several senior editors and writers take jobs elsewhere, and at a certain point you have to wonder if the Gray Lady is starting to sweat. John Koblin of WWD got Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the paper, to comment on losing the Op-Ed Editor (David Shipley), the Business section Editor (Tim O’Brien) a Middle East correspondent (Dexter Filkins), a senior tech writer (Ashlee Vance), and The New York Times Magazine Food Editor (Christine Muhlke), all within a short time. Keller attempts to be as nonchalant as possible:

We’ve had raids before, and every case is its own thing. If there’s a theme to the recent departures, I think it’s that now the recruiters are less likely to be traditional competitors — WaPo, LAT, WSJ. Now the big-money offers come from a newer competitive set — HuffPo, Bloomberg, etc. — that are suddenly investing in, pardon the expression, content. It may represent a recognition that aggregation isn’t everything.

Try as he might, it’s easy to pick up on the bitterness in Keller’s comment. It sounds like the losses might finally be catching up with him and the Times. Especially when O’Brien, who is going to the Huffington Post, offers up his reason for leaving the paper after so many years:

We’re all standing in the middle of this digital tsunami that’s washing across the journalism landscape.

Let’s hope Keller has a lifeboat.

Bloomberg News Adds Two Executive Editors

Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matthew Winkler announced today that David Shipley and James P. Rubin have been named executive editors and will spearhead the launch of an editorial page called The Bloomberg View.  In their new roles Shipley and Rubin will oversee the creation of content and commentary across all of Bloomberg’s platforms.

Shipley comes from The New York Times where he served as deputy editorial page editor and op-ed editor.  Rubin is a former U.S. Department of State assistant secretary.  Winkler is confident he chose the right two men for the job:

David Shipley and Jamie Rubin bring incomparable experience and skill to the mandate of developing the Bloomberg View consistent with the values and beliefs of our global company and its internationally-minded founder, Michael R. Bloomberg.  David and Jamie have no peers as an editorial duo addressing the most important issues with a pragmatic sensibility that embraces the diverse challenges of the world.

While both are Winkler’s supervision, Shipley will manage editorial matters in the U.S. and Canada leaving Rubin to handle Central and South America, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Ranks the Liberal Media Elite has compiled a list of the 25 Most Influential Liberals in US Media, which depending on who you are includes most of the East Coast, or begins and ends with Arianna Huffington (who ranks second). A number of people on the list are bloggers: Ezra Klein, Josh Marshall, and our favorite addition, Andrew Sullivan, whose support of both Obama and Gay marriage has apparently forever excluded him from the GOP camp.

However the two entries we find most intriguing are the op-ed page editors of both the New York Times and the Washington Post. David Shipley of the Times comes in at nine, and Fred Hiatt of WaPo makes the top three. Says Forbes of Shipley: “Relatively unknown, compared with others on this list, he runs the most widely read op-ed page in America. The page is poised to challenge left-leaning shibboleths from within the fold while still remaining faithful to the Times’ core liberal values.” In case you’re wondering Paul Krugman occupies top spot. See the full list here.

John McCain Does Not Want to be Barack Obama’s Mirror this under another headline that prior to this election we might have attributed to The Onion. Drudge is reporting that the New York Times turned down an op-ed written by John McCain because it didn’t “mirror” the one penned by Barack Obama last week. Obama’s piece, which ran in the NYT last Monday — and arguably got a bit lost in all the New Yorker cover hullabaloo — ostensibly took a step beyond the normal he said-he said of campaign rhetoric, and outlined how, once elected, Obama intends to get us out of Iraq. Apparently, John McCain’s camp submitted a rebuttal, and was turned down. The difference? According to NYT op-ed page editor David Shipley,

The Obama piece worked for me because it offered new information (it appeared before his speech); while Senator Obama discussed Senator McCain, he also went into detail about his own plans…It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama’s piece. To that end, the article would have to articulate, in concrete terms, how Senator McCain defines victory in Iraq.
Terrific! So basically, McCain is not allowed to be a blogger, he has to think for himself. We’ll see if he decides to give it another go (we suspect no — presumably it’s better to be dismissed by a liberal leaning rag than be forced to articulate a military plan for withdrawal). In the meantime, we always have Time.

McCain’s Op/Ed Rejected by NYT

john_mccain.jpgThe Drudge Report writes:

‘It would be terrific to have an article from Senator John McCain that mirrors Senator Barack Obama‘s piece,’ NYT Op-Ed editor David Shipley explained in an email late Friday to McCain’s staff. ‘I’m not going to be able to accept this piece as currently written.’


In McCain’s submission to the TIMES, he writes of Obama: ‘I am dismayed that he never talks about winning the war – only of ending it… if we don’t win the war, our enemies will. A triumph for the terrorists would be a disaster for us. That is something I will not allow to happen as president.’

NYT’s Shipley advised McCain to try again: ‘I’d be pleased, though, to look at another draft.’

Don’t feel too bad John, the NYT has rejected all of our Obama diatribes too.

We wish you good luck in all your endeavors.