More details are emerging this morning in the weekend attack that killed the New York Times’ David Rosenbaum. Police evidently initially thought that he had a medical issue when passerbys found him on the sidewalk Friday night, and, in typical District fashion, it took 22 minutes to get an ambulance to him. Personnel did not determine that he’d been attacked until he arrived at Howard University Hospital. Mayor Tony Williams spoke with Rosenbaum’s widow yesterday promising that the murder was a “high profile” case that was being closely followed.
Meanwhile Cokie Roberts and other colleagues paid tribute to him. Roberts said on NPR yesterday, “He was a reporter who covered Congress, public policy, economic policy, made it clear so that voters could make up their own minds about what the policy should be and who they should support. And he did it very, very well for many decades.”
The Post, as it often does, paid a personal “Appreciation” to Rosenbaum, written by Glenn Kessler, writing, that he was “one of the gold standards of bylines.”
“David E. Rosenbaum was the kind of person who, without fail, would stop on the way home every Friday to buy a bouquet of flowers for his wife. He was also the kind of person who would regularly rattle Washington decision makers with a hard-hitting analysis of the federal budget,” Kessler said.
It’s too bad here that the Post, whose “Appreciations” allow for such personal tribute, managed to do a better job at remembering and memorializing Rosenbaum than the paper where he worked for 35 years. For a second day, the Times seems to be treating this again as a news story–one that hits close to home, yes, but is to be dealt within the rigid constraints of a news article. At the least the Post understands the need for personalizing memories and tributes.