The Village Times



Former Public Editor, The New York Times


Arthru Brisbane





Issued: August 2012
Statement: We have to hand it to Arthur: he certainly went out with a bang in his final column as The Times public editor. After bemoaning the pervasive progressivism that “virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times,” Arthur wrote, “developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in The Times, overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects.”


Well done, Arthur. While The Times has done some good things over the years—selling the Iraq War, for instance—it is still much too far away from the sensible center to be taken seriously. Hopefully, Arthur's words will inspire the paper to be more like the bar-setter of journalistic balance, The Washington Post.