Bill Keller, Accidental Reporter
Times chief files from Tehran
As you no doubt noticed this weekend, The New York Times had an important byline on its front page: that of Executive Editor Bill Keller. Keller is no stranger to the reporting-and-writing trenches; he came up as a foreign correspondent, served stints in Moscow and Johannesburg, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for covering the fall of the Soviet Union. He also served as an op-ed columnist and Times Magazine writer in the early part of this decade. But since he became executive editor, in the summer of 2003, Keller has written only a handful of articles for the paper, nearly all on his old areas of expertise: South Africa and Russia, according the paper’s online archive. What prompted him to pull a Tom Friedman and suddenly jet to the Middle East? “He went because he had long wanted to visit Iran and the occasion of the election seemed like a great time to do so, accompanying our reporter, Robert Worth,” Times spokesman Diane McNulty told Tablet. “Bill had not planned to write articles, but when the story got so big, he did so.” She said the executive editor arrived early last week and has no definite departure date.
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.