Washington Post Editor Calls Carr NYT Column ‘Stupid, False’

carr_addiction_rehab.jpgToday, Timesman David Carr [left] wrote about Washington Post Co. chief Donald E. Graham‘s trip to New York last week, and snagged a timeless quote about Graham from Slate media critic Jack Shafer: “He’s like a stripper who won’t take his clothes off and the audience still loves it.”

Great column, ‘cept the Post‘s Len Downie doesn’t like teases like Carr:

12/11/2006 08:12 AM

To: NEWS — All Newsroom@WashPostMain

Subject: Today’s New York Times

In a New York Times business section column today praising Don Graham for his leadership of The Washington Post Company, David Carr inexplicably wrote: “Newsroom layoffs of an unspecificed number are in the offing.” This is flat wrong. No such thing is “in the offing” or in any way contemplated.

The staff meeting scheduled for Thursday is the same meeting we hold every three months to keep you informed about what is going on in the newsroom and at the newspaper and the web site. Mostly, we want to answer any questions you have. And we want to quash any stupid, false rumors like this one. See you there.

[via Romenesko]


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