NY Times Washington Bureau Chief Dean Baquet paid tribute to Robin Toner at last night’s dinner. From Mike Allen’s Playbook:
One thing about Robin: she was stubborn, and she knew when she was right and her editors were wrong, which was MOST of the time. There were many Friday nights, when she was covering the 2000 midterms, when she’d be working on Sunday stories- in particular, one story the Sunday before the elections- in which her editors (not me, by the way) were trying to predict the outcome of that Tuesday’s vote. Every hour, a new set of instructions on what the story should say came from New York, believe it or not. [Murmurs.] And she would pull her hair and say: ‘These guys don’t know what they’re talking about. This is so a) conventional wisdom, or b) horserace, or c) just plain wrong.’ But she hung on right through the end, till late Friday night. And the next day, she’d be the first to admit if the story got better for some of the meddling. But it hurt her to say it. And I have to admit it didn’t happen all that often. I miss Robin in deeply personal ways. But what I miss most of all is what Robin would have done with the story we’re covering now. I miss what she’d say about Obama and Daschle. I miss her telling me to cover the issues. And I miss her telling me to remember the history before writing the story. I miss her tremendously, as does the whole Bureau. Thank you so much.