“Yours in Truth” is the title of a new book by Jeff Himmelman … “a personal portrait of Ben Bradlee”. “Yours in truth” is also the way the legendary editor of the Washington Post signed one of his many correspondences with co-workers, friends, and readers.
Himmelman combed through boxes and boxes of Bradlee’s papers, and did many interviewers … with Bradlee’s permission … to share a fascinating look at an enormously charismatic man.
Bradlee guided the Post through the Watergate story and the Janet Cooke scandal, as well as the years when there was no really BIG story to keep his attention. Journalism is never perfect, nor is Ben Bradlee.
Under his leadership, the Washington Post newsroom staff doubled from 300 to 600 … and the budget increased from $3 million to $60 million.
I found this interesting: in 1979 there were 108 reporters covering the Metro section at the Post … nearly a quarter of the reporting staff.
108 reporters … just to cover the city?
Our thought for today is from Elbert Hubbard:
“Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.”