Insufferability squared

Howell Raines, formerly of the New York Times, appeared on the Charlie Rose show last week. Here is an account by Jonathan Last of the the Weekly Standard. Last also provides a link to Andrew Sullivan’s commentary, as well as to the transcript.
Last shows that Raines’ account of his departure from the Times is at odds with the paper’s official version. The Times has said that the departure was voluntary; Raines told Rose that it was not. The Times almost certainly is not telling the truth.
Sullivan focuses on Raines’ cluelessness regarding his problems at the Times. He also mocks Raines’ ambition (as told to Rose) of increasing the paper’s circulation from 1.2 million to 80 million. Sullivan concludes that Raines “was out of his tiny mind.”


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