RIP: ‘The last decent newspaperman’

Minneapolis newsman Nick Coleman says his first editor, Charles W. Bailey (above), was “one of the last newspaper editors who had the courage — and the decency — to quit rather than follow orders to gut his news organization.”

Bailey, who died on Tuesday at age 82, “fell on his sword rather than carry out the wishes of the bean counter in the publisher’s office, a small-time Republican pol from Massachusetts named Donald Dwight who had been that state’s Lieutenant Governor but who would spend a long time hiding in his Star and Tribune publisher’s office ducking a subpoena from a Massachusetts corruption probe.”
* Chuck Bailey: The Last Decent Newspaperman
* Ex-Minneapolis Tribune editor “lived, breathed politics”
* Charles W. Bailey, 82, dies; wrote “Seven Days in May”