Bill Keller named Executive Editor of the NY Times

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Mon Jul 14 09:47:22 MDT 2003

(This appointment will only deepen the rightward drift of the "newspaper
of record". Keller was for the war in Iraq and the author of a
misty-eyed profile of George W. Bush in the magazine section a while back.)

New York Times Names Keller to Be Executive Editor

Bill Keller, a columnist for The New York Times who previously served as
the newspaper's managing editor and foreign editor and as its bureau
chief in Moscow and Johannesburg, has been chosen as its executive editor.

Mr. Keller's appointment to the highest-ranking position in the
newsroom, which is effective July 30, was announced today by Arthur
Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The Times and chairman of The New York
Times Company.

Mr. Keller, 54, succeeds Joseph Lelyveld, who had retired as executive
editor in September 2001 but who had agreed to to step back into that
role on a short-term basis beginning on June 5. Mr. Lelyveld returned at
the publisher's request on the day that Howell Raines, 60, resigned
after 21 months in the position.

Mr. Raines's departure, along with that of the paper's managing editor,
Gerald Boyd, capped a tumultuous five weeks at The Times that began with
a reporter's resignation over allegations he had fabricated and copied
from other news sources much of an article that The Times had published
on April 26 about the family of a soldier then missing in Iraq



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