Rubin, a close friend, when she went down in a helicopter crash in Kurdistan, breaking bones and fracturing her skull.Baquet—who didn’t know the seriousness of Rubin’s condition when he made the distressing phone calls—says she’s now in New York recovering from the ordeal.
Baquet, who has a long lunch every Wednesday in the executive dining room with Sulzberger, Thompson, Executive Vice President Denise Warren, and Editorial Page Editor Andy Rosenthal—“It’s 70 percent social,” he says—describes his relationship with the publisher as “very good.” Although he wasn’t invited to Sulzberger’s recent wedding to investment portfolio manager Gabrielle Greene, a family affair in Martha’s Vineyard, he did attend a celebratory wedding dinner this past weekend at Barbetta on West 46th Street.
And yet, I tell Baquet, a mere 10 months before Sulzberger fired Abramson and publicly accused her of all sorts of deficiencies, he praised her effusively over a breakfast with this reporter for a profile of his then-treasured executive editor.“Is that a warning? In due course, the publisher himself appears, tieless like Baquet on a casual Friday.“My God! chairman, when he realizes that his editor is being grilled by an outsider. “I thank you, sir,” he adds with baroque gallantry.
Andrew Cuomo’s brazen manipulation of his much-ballyhooed anti-corruption commission in Albany, making sure it didn’t probe the governor’s office. Still, for all its excellence, even Baquet is hard-pressed to name a recent Times story that has equaled the explosive impact on the popular culture of the gossip website TMZ’s release of the Ray Rice elevator video.
For the past week, the images of the Baltimore Ravens running back cold-cocking his now-wife, Janay Palmer, have dominated a spirited national debate from kitchen tables to the White House about the National Football League and spousal abuse.“You’re not going to hear any dis of TMZ’s Ray Rice video from me,” Baquet says.
It’s part of who I am.”By most accounts, the Times newsroom has calmed since Baquet resumed his duties full time a few weeks after going under the knife.
Unlike Abramson, who was notoriously tough on underlings and sometimes a poor and abrasive communicator, Baquet has a people-friendly, inclusive leadership style, albeit punctuated occasionally by an explosive temper.
“How the hell are we going to cover what is a new, heightened U. intervention in a region in which the enemies of the U. have proven that they do really bad things to journalists?
That’s the thing that keeps me most awake at night.”It fell to Baquet last month to notify the mother and husband of Times foreign correspondent Alissa J.
It hasn’t happened lately.”Maybe that’s because Baquet is top dog, and the only person who outranks him, aside from Sulzberger, is Times Co.
CEO Mark Thompson, a solidly-built, 6-foot-2 import from the BBC.
(He has a majestic view of the dingy back entrance of a Hilton hotel.) “It was a complete shock. after Baquet, then managing editor, complained to the publisher over dinner that she’d blindsided him on a key personnel decision (i.e. I don’t feel weight on my shoulders,” says Baquet, a slightly-built man with graying, close-cropped hair.