Journalism's ultimate purpose [is] to inform the reader, to bring him each day a letter from home and never to permit the serving of special interests.
The Defense Department's plan to ban newspaper reporters from [pool coverage of] military operations is incredible. It reveals the administration to be out of touch with journalism, reality and the First Amendment.
In dread fear of sentimentality, another thing true is not said-that for its staff the paper is a source of pride and, I do believe, an object of affection and-yes, love.
More than print and ink, a newspaper is a collection of fierce individualists who somehow manage to perform the astounding daily miracle of merging their own personalities under the discipline of the deadline and retain the flavor of their own minds in print.
Anybody who claims to read the entire paper every day is either the world's fastest reader or the world's biggest liar.
This sale will not affect the management or business operations of the Times company or the family's continuing commitment to the company