Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bradlee: still got it

Wonderful interview with the 86-year-old Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee in Radar, by Charles Kaiser: Ben Behaving Bradlee; The Grumpy Legend of American Journalism sounds off on JFK, Watergate, Iraq, Hillary Clinton, and Carl Bernstein's strange choice in women.

Shows Bradlee's still making shocking statements. Like this one, on what Rubert Murdoch might do with the Wall Street Journal:
I think [Rupert] Murdoch is a better journalist than the rest of you do....Well, I think because he's smart, and he's not going to fill it up with pussy stories.

There's much more. Like, why he likes Hillary Clinton (and his wife Sally Quinn doesn't); what he knew about JFK's womanizing (oh, and Bernstein's, of course); why he replaced Al Friendly as Washington Post managing editor (in my first year there, I think); on the journalism stars he brought to the Post, and on, of course, Katherine and Philip Graham.

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