“For me, it was not so much liberating that, now I can have opinions,” Times columnist Bill Keller said at a CUNY event Wednesday night. “It’s liberating that when I have opinions, I can say them.” He also told the audience:
Watching The New York Times try to be even-handed on some issues is like trying to watch somebody dance their kids’ dance styles. We look like we’re trying too hard. Yes, we should be even-handed, we should certainly follow the basic rule of reporting, challenging your assumptions, and we should be ruthless about having a public editor or an editors’ note to call ourselves out. … But it is possible to be fair and still radiate a cultural persona.