Ben Bradlee to ‘flack’: We don’t need your help

From a Washington Post “On Leadership” blog post:

Mary Hadar, former editor of The Post’s Style section, held on to a reply that Bradlee sent more than two decades ago to a pestering flack. As Hadar recalls, someone was retiring from the circus — a lion tamer? — and the circus’s press agent wrote to Bradlee to complain when the Style section wouldn’t run a profile.


* A classic Ben Bradlee letter to ‘flacks’ ( | “We should do this more often” (@AnupKaphle)
* Katharine, not Katherine: “Memo from Ben Bradlee that made my day” (@migold)
* Jack Shafer: Bradlee was all the things his obituarists and essayists claim today” (
* During a job interview, Bradlee asked Peter Baker if he was a Moonie (
* David Folkenflik: “Major regional newspapers mimicked the format he devised for the Post” (
* “By today’s standards, Ben was a lousy manager but a great leader” (
* Bradlee’s WaPo obit was “a labor of love” that Robert Kaiser started working on 15 years ago (@RobertGKaiser)