On the rumor that she’s mean:
Well my answer is, I’m not. And most of the people who know me well are somewhat surprised by that stereotype, just because I’m not someone who frequently expresses anger or acts in a high-handed way. I’m trying to think of the other stereotypical behaviors.
On the Times being perceived as a liberal paper:
Abe Rosenthal was once asked what he wanted on his headstone, and he said he wanted it just to say, ‘He kept the paper straight.’ And I think about that a lot. You can verify that in news meetings I sometimes say, ‘This is skewed too far to the left,’ or ‘The mix of stories seems overweeningly appealing to a reader with a certain set of sensibilities and it shouldn’t.’