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Kurt Andersen on Judy Miller and Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.

Posted by: Jon Fine on October 21, 2005

The following quotes come from Kurt Andersen’s “Imperial City” in the next issue of New York magazine, which hits (with great bluntness) on Monday:

[Last Sunday’s New York Times epic] “rather shockingly depicts the infamous Judy Miller that media and political types have chattered about for decades, a supremely well-coneected prima donna loathed by many of her colleagues, a loose cannon who recklessly disregards conventional boundaries—between fact and propaganda, friend and subject, friend and source, friend and boss, boyfriend and subject and source … Miller’s martyred St. Judy of Journalism pose is galling.”

“Arthur Sulzberger [Jr.] is sort of the George W. Bush of media. Both are the preppy, baby-boom sons of distinguished, understated, preppy fathers. Both are big outdoor exercise buffs, both are insecure but cocky, both have a bratty streak, both are prone to inappropriate jocularity. And each presides from within an insular management bublle. Bush is also steadfastly loyal … Sulzberger seems slipperier, yuppier … We shouldn’t be surprised when his unwavering support of his sorry pal Judy Miller suddenly … ends.”

“Sulzberger is not going to fire himself. Indeed, he affects a kind of la-di-dah disregard for the whole horrible bungle.”

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