White Males & the “Times”
To the Editor:
The editorial writers of the New York Times and Midge Decter [“No White Males Need Apply,” June] may have their differences, but the owners of the newspaper evidently agree with her.
Commenting on the same Times editorial cited by Miss Decter, the April 15 issue of the Forward noted that the Times’s
proprietors rejected their editorial’s reasoning and announced that they were plucking from the Times’s own herd of white-male editors the ever-able Joseph Lelyveld and boosting him to the position of executive editor, which is the top position at the Times. They also announced that they were spurning a raft of able newspapermen and women of various hues and genders from within the Times’s own ranks and bringing in for the No. 2 job of managing editor the legendary Eugene Roberts, another white male.
The Forward went on to ask why the rest of the country should not be permitted the same leeway in hiring practices for top jobs—i.e., to make a choice based on merit.
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