Bill Keller is enjoying his days among the New York Times’ Opinion pages because — as a human being — he has opinions. And as we all know, he’s never been too shy about saying his thoughts, and he did so last night during an interview with Peter Beinart, at CUNY’s Graduate Center.
Capital New York has a great breakdown of the entire chat, but we thought the best quote of the night from Keller was when he was asked if the Times could be objective:
We can’t entirely leech the New York-ness out of The New York Times. If we somehow achieved absolute objectivity, it would be kind of tedious to read. …Watching The New York Times try to be even-handed on some issues is like trying to watch somebody dance their kids’ dance styles. We look like we’re trying too hard. Yes, we should be even-handed, we should certainly follow the basic rule of reporting, challenging your assumptions, and we should be ruthless about having a public editor or an editors’ note to call ourselves out. … But it is possible to be fair and still radiate a cultural persona.
Ahhh… It’s nice to hear someone from the Times just say that objectivity is impossible — and even if it was, no one actually wants that — isn’t it? Well, come as close as possible to saying that without losing his job. We appreciate it.