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  The New York Times > Week in Review > Biography: The Public Editor: Daniel Okrent
From 1973 to 1976 he was the editorial director for Grossman Publishers, then a division of Viking Press and from 1969 to 1973 he was an editor with Alfred A. Knopf.
Okrent was the Hearst Foundation Visiting Fellow in New Media at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1999 and has been a frequent lecturer at other universities.
Okrent graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1969.
www.nytimes.com /ref/weekinreview/okrent-bio.html   (375 words)

  Daniel Okrent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Daniel Okrent (born April 2, 1948) is an American writer, editor and baseball fan.
Okrent graduated in 1969 from the University of Michigan.
Okrent is famous for being the inventor of Rotisserie League Baseball, the best-known form of fantasy baseball, so named because the group of friends he pitched the idea to in 1979 were meeting with him at La Rôtisserie française restaurant in New York City.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Daniel_Okrent   (310 words)

 Bookreporter.com - GREAT FORTUNE by Daniel Okrent
Daniel Okrent, who has spent much of his working life at Rockefeller Center (with Time and Life magazines) has set out to answer these questions in GREAT FORTUNE, starting with the days when Manhattan Island was owned by the Dutch and bringing things pretty much up to the present.
Okrent is both a clever phrasemaker and a shrewd judge of character.
Okrent was not auditioning for cheerleader when he wrote this book; he has, however, made himself Rockefeller Center's premiere historian.
www.bookreporter.com /reviews/0670031690.asp   (575 words)

 Online NewsHour: Ombudsmen Discuss the State of the Media -- June 8, 2005
Terence Smith speaks with Daniel Okrent, the former ombudsman for The New York Times, and Michael Getler, ombudsman for The Washington Post, about the public's view of the press today, the performance of the media and some of the most controversial issues that their papers confronted during their tenure as ombudsmen.
DANIEL OKRENT: I finally justified writing about it because my concern is not only what is in the newspaper now, but what isn't in the newspaper, and what wasn't in the newspaper was an explanation of how the Times got this story so wrong, so I felt I had to write about it.
DANIEL OKRENT: I was, and I think it was really very bad journalism, though there were some terrific stories that did challenge the administration's case for the war.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/media/jan-june05/ombuds_6-8.html   (1626 words)

 PressThink: In Praise of Daniel Okrent
Okrent grasped right away that while having space in the paper, and an 18-month appointment from Keller gave him a certain power to shame and expose, his only source of authority, which is a different thing, lay with readers themselves, and his capacity actually to represent them.
Okrent said, he does not intend to write internal memorandums to the newspaper staff, saying the readers were his constituency.
Okrent compounded his screwup by managing to conflate an email, which could have been deleted — that's generally what I do with the right-wing crap I get — or dealt with in private, with descrating a synagogue or a church, thereby bringing into existence the heretofore unknown Temple Nagourney.
journalism.nyu.edu /pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2005/05/13/okrt_prs.html   (10348 words)

DANIEL OKRENT: The reaction was instantaneous, and it was loud, and it was large.
DANIEL OKRENT: Well, you know, they were glad I was there, except for those people who were not glad that I was here.
Okrent, That disgusting newspaper of yours did it again, slandering so and so who is an innocent person, and you just did it because of the bias and hatred that you've always shown for such and such, and your reporters are liars, and you made up a quote.
www.onthemedia.org /transcripts/transcripts_042905_critical.html   (1331 words)

 blogJosh: Okrent: Bloggers Have Influence at Times, Anonymous Sources Suck; TImes Names Next Public ...
Okrent's job is to criticize the newspaper for its failings in serving readers, and most of the time, he gets his biweekly column ideas from readers.
Okrent doesn't think his job is a result of only Jayson Blair playing the Times for so long, but more a result of the overall newsroom culture at the time.
Okrent's not as worried about the percentage of columnists who are white men as many others (like Katha Pollitt, for example).
joshshear.com /blogjosh/archives/2005/04/okrent_bloggers.html   (956 words)

Okrent was at Williams College tonight for a public talk after a private dinner with staff of the Williams Record student newspaper and invited guests.
Okrent also said poor news coverage allowed the Iraq war to happen, it’s a “horrible time – financially” for newspapers, and the death of print is happening more quickly than he predicted six years ago.
Okrent said he predicted to an audience of graduate journalism students at Columbia University in 1999 that newspapers and books would fade out during their lifetime.
www.mediagiraffe.org /artman/publish/article_438.shtml   (1051 words)

 The Watchdog - The Boston Globe
On the one hand, Daniel Okrent would seem to be wrapping up an 18-month gig that any newspaper columnist would kill for: biweekly deadline, complete freedom to choose his subject matter, no editor, and a summer spent primarily at his bayside second home in Wellfleet.
Okrent is sitting barefoot in the living room of his three-bedroom co-op on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
By 2001, Okrent had retired from Time Inc. and was working on a proposal for his fifth non-fiction book in the isolated Well-fleet home that he and his wife, Rebecca, enjoy.
boston.com /news/globe/magazine/articles/2005/04/24/the_watchdog?...   (1082 words)

 BOOK TV.ORG   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Okrent reads excerpts from his recently published book, and recounts his own factual errors, his regrets, and his worst days on the job.
Okrent also discloses the competitive environment existing at the NYT and talks about emails he received regarding former New York Times reporters Judy Miller and Jayson Blair."Public Editor #1" is a collection of Mr.
Okrent took this position in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal and the ensuing departure of then-executive editor, Howell Raines.
www.booktv.org /General/index.asp?segID=7283&schedID=435   (170 words)

 Penraker: Three Cheers For Daniel Okrent
Daniel Okrent became the public editor after the Jayson Blair scandal.
Okrent is probably wrong on Safire - I suggest he read "The Connection" by Stephen Hayes.
Okrent is also due praise for his condemnation of the modern reporter's tendency to hide behind the First Amendment when challenged.
www.penraker.com /archives/001598.html   (1580 words)

 CAMERA: Daniel Okrent's False Symmetry
Daniel Okrent is soon to conclude his tenure as the New York Times' Public Editor (ombudsman).
Okrent leaves unexplored a related matter CAMERA raised in discussions — the issue of Palestinian press intimidation and its impact on what is reported.
Okrent's use of "Palestine" in the title of his piece and in the text is striking.
www.camera.org /index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=35&x_article=890   (919 words)

 danieldrezner.com :: Daniel W. Drezner :: The Timesmen really do not like their ombudsman
Okrent's questions are a nuisance, and also complain when he doesn't seek them out for comment.
Okrent about inquiries he was making for his column yesterday about a case of alleged child abuse.
Okrent, 56 years old, says his first months at the Times were "very, very difficult." The paper, he says, "has a very strong immune system, and I was a different kind of antigen....
www.danieldrezner.com /archives/001459.html   (1980 words)

 My Way - News
Daniel Okrent, who has the title "public editor," wrote in a scathing review of the paper's coverage of the weapons issue ahead of the Iraq invasion last year that The Times had been guilty of flawed journalism.
Okrent wrote that a series of articles on the search for weapons of mass destruction by a Times reporter who was embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq "constituted an ongoing minuet of startling assertion followed by understated contradiction."
Okrent, who was appointed in December as part of efforts to restore the paper's image following the Jayson Blair scandal, said editors needed to launch a series of "aggressively reported stories detailing the misinformation, disinformation and suspect analysis that led virtually the entire world to believe (Saddam) had WMD at his disposal."
news.myway.com /top/article/id/406318|top|05-29-2004::22:29|reuters.html   (433 words)

 Donald Luskin on Dan Okrent, the New York Times, George W. Bush and John Kerry on NRO Financial
Okrent went on at length in his column to cite examples of “campaign coverage” stories, favorable and unfavorable to both candidates, that he has studied.
For Okrent, it’s all about rocking the boat just enough to stay credible, but not so much as to not be reasonably liked around the water coolers of W. 43rd Street.
Yet Okrent is seemingly blind to the power of liberal hatefulness to shift the definition of “neutral” leftward (by redefining the left-most boundary of discourse).
www.nationalreview.com /nrof_luskin/luskin200410121013.asp   (1095 words)

 Letter to Daniel Okrent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Okrent, should you choose not to do the honorable thing and resign, is that you pledge to never again write a column for the New York Times as though you are writing a private, angry and hostile e-mail to an audience of one.
"There have to be consequences," Okrent told Business Week, and he appointed himself to dole out those consequences by printing the blogger's name in his column.
The question, to me, isn't whether Okrent did the right thing, but why the New York Times' "readers' representative" seems to think he's supposed to be critiquing the readers and not the paper.
www.syncro.org /Okrent_Open_Letter.html   (882 words)

 Exchange with Times Ombudsman Daniel Okrent
It's perhaps likelier that Okrent's apparent fatal stupidity is deliberate and that he has knowingly betrayed his nominal responsibility as defender of truth and fairness.
Okrent not only failed to see anything objectionable about the editorial, but also told me that editorials in general are beyond his "purview."
In a later message to Okrent, a month later, I remarked that he had not dealt with any of the several issues I'd brought to his attention to date.
urielw.com /nyt/dunce.htm   (3380 words)

 Krugman Truth Squad: Donald Luskin on Daniel Okrent & Paul Krugman on NRO Financial
In December, Daniel Okrent became the Times's first "public editor" —; something between an ombudsman and a special prosecutor, brought in to restore the paper's tarnished reputation in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal and the sacking of executive editor Howell Raines.
First, Okrent will have to pierce what I call "the veil of opinion." He can't let Krugman characterize his lies as mere "opinion" just because they were printed in what is putatively an opinion column, or because he used subjective descriptions like "unusually large" or "many." Face it, Mr.
Second, Okrent will have to find some way to distinguish truth from lie in a subject area that is fairly technical — and a subject area in which Krugman is putatively an expert.
www.nationalreview.com /nrof_luskin/truthsquad200401061232.asp   (1567 words)

 Amazon.com: Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center: Books: Daniel Okrent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Daniel Okrent's Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center is a book for New Yorkers from Ashtabula to Zimbabwe: a study of ambition, audacity, and deal-making on a grand scale that led to the construction of some of the most famous skyscrapers in the world.
Daniel Okrent, public editor of the New York Times, has crafted a terrific history and love letter to New York through the microcosm of the tale of Rockefeller Center, one of the seminal landmarks of the city and one of those true stories that seem stranger than fiction.
Okrent weaves many stories together to tell the tale of Rockefeller Center: those of the Rockefeller family, architect Raymond Hood, impresario and movie theater innovator S. "Roxy" Rothafel, as well as a brief history of midtown New York (you might want to have a map handy) and the Depression.
www.amazon.com /Great-Fortune-Epic-Rockefeller-Center/dp/0670031690   (1887 words)

 Move Left - Discussion of Op-Eds and Journalism in Response to Daniel Okrent's Farewell Article
Daniel Okrent is the outgoing Public Editor of the New York Times.
Okrent is giving unwanted religious connotations to social science articles and people who like reading them.
Furthermore, politicians have usually already had plenty of space to express their side of a story by the time a subject reaches a place in the discourse where op-eds are being written about that subject in connection to that politician.
www.moveleft.com /moveleft_essay_2005_05_22_discussion_of_op_eds_and_journalism_in_response_to_daniel_okrents_farewell.asp   (858 words)

 Media Matters - Okrent equated Media Matters with Fox News, Rush Limbaugh
OKRENT: One of the things that's happened is that they're now organizing vehicles for it, that one can turn to Fox News, to Rush Limbaugh; on the left, Media Matters, FAIR -- various web-based organizations who are able to get the word out and to call for action.
The way Getler and Okrent have sniffed and turned up their noses at the readers of their newspaper when those same readers have complained about stories, makes the whining of either of those gentlemen, a hoot.
Okrents allegations (which he detailed 5 of) were all true about Krugman....I could give you 50 more examples of him slicing numbers, being misleading and untruthful...
mediamatters.org /items/200506090004   (1792 words)

 The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid
Okrent is not supposed to be an ordinary reader but the seeker of truth about the caliber of the Times' coverage." The letter was not published by the New York Times.
Okrent continued to not do his job of investigating and analyzing problems in New York Times reporting, as he turned his column over to a few innocuous general comments from readers without Mr.
OKRENT RESPONDS Arthur Bovino, assistant to New York Times "public editor" Dan Okrent has responded to my posting that, contrary to claims in Okrent's Sunday column, people who send him emails are not given an opportunity via auto-response to choose not to have their emails published.
www.poorandstupid.com /2004_10_24_chronArchive.asp   (6456 words)

 Eat The Press | Rachel Sklar: In A Dish Served Cold, The New York Times Reviews Daniel Okrent | The Huffington ...
Okrent seemed like a nice man. I always got the impression his job was to calm down subscribers who were disgusted by the subservience of the mainstream media to the conservative agenda.
Okrent finally ruined any legacy he might have had in his last days by means of the ugly spat he had with Krugman, who is ALWAYS on the right side of any issue.
Okrent was in simply in love with having a column in The NYTimes and thus was always careful not to bite too hard on the hand that fed him.
huffingtonpost.com /rachel-sklar/in-a-dish-served-cold-th_b_23234.html   (1111 words)

 It's curtains for Okrent - Salon
New York Times public editor Daniel Okrent reflects on the paper's "very bad journalism" on WMD, its liberal slant, and William Safire's wisecracks about readers.
Okrent was not an obvious choice for the highly visible role of second-guessing the Times in its own pages.
In his first column, he wrote, "I believe the Times is a great newspaper, but a profoundly fallible one." His brusque style was not to everyone's taste, but there was freshness and bravery in his approach, and his biweekly dispatch, "The Public Editor," had a way of reinforcing a reader's insight into the paper's quandaries.
www.salon.com /news/feature/2005/05/12/okrent/index.html   (1664 words)

 Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal: As the Sun Sets on Daniel Okrent Day...
Did Daniel Okrent really say that he hoped that by the end of his stint as "Public Editor" everyone would know that the New York Times does not deserve to be called the newspaper of record?
Donald Luskin on Daniel Okrent and Paul Krugman on NRO Financial: New York Times "pubic editor" [sic] Daniel Okrent....
Okrent had not only succumbed to the pressure from the Left, he had cracked under it.
delong.typepad.com /sdj/2005/05/as_the_sun_sets.html   (557 words)

 The Carpetbagger Report » Blog Archive » Krugman vs. Okrent
Daniel Okrent, the departing "public editor"; of the New York Times, had to know he was picking a fight.
In his departing column, Okrent took a parting shot at columnist Paul Krugman, attacking his integrity and accusing him of dishonesty.
In Daniel Okrent's parting shot as public editor of The New York Times, he levied a harsh charge against me: he said that I have "a disturbing habit of shaping, slicing and selectively citing numbers in a fashion that pleases his acolytes but leaves him open to substantive assaults."
www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com /archives/4322.html   (647 words)

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