Arthur Brisbane is no longer the public editor of The New York Times, and in an interview with Poynter, he refelcted on his time at the paper. When Brisbane was asked which of his columns would be remembered the most, he replied, “For better or worse, it’s probably the goddamn fact checking thing.”
Yes, “the goddamn fact checking thing” — in which Brisbane hilariously wondered if the Times should tell the truth — will definitely be his most recalled piece, basically because it was terrible.
But Brisbane still sees nothing wrong that column, as he wouldn’t cite it as a mistake during his tenure:
I don’t really have, I don’t really look back and say, ‘Well, shit, you know that was a fundamental mistake. I mean, to the extent that there are shortcomings that one might identify in my term, I don’t think there are shortcomings of my strategy, my tactics. They might be shortcomings that one would identify in my mindset, reporting skills, whatever … You bring your best to the job, you do the best you can, and you know, I’m satisfied when I look back.
You have to love Brisbane for going out like this. He wrote a column that was blasted by pretty much everyone, yet he still won’t admit it was a mistake. Instead he’s riding off into the sunset with both middle fingers raised at the media world.