DEAD TREES

Sulzberger Not Up to the Job?

A lengthy story in the new issue of Vanity Fair takes the gloves off, portraying New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger as a man who inherited the position due to his name alone. Mark Bowden writes that with the death of newsprint looming on the horizon, the Times doesn't need a leader with absolute faith in the infallibility of the paper of record, it needs an innovative mind ready to shepherd the company into the new age of journalism. Numerous high-profile buyers are rumored to be waiting in the wings should the paper be put on the auction block, including Bloomberg, Google and Rupert Murdoch. Sulzberger's attitude is said to be arrogant, aloof, and born from a sense of entitlement--all qualities inappropriate for the man at the helm of the nation's most respected paper during journalism's darkest hour.