By Christopher B. Daly
In her latest column, NYTimes public editor Margaret Sullivan expressed a certain angst over the newspaper’s practice of accepting ads for high-end products. To me, this is a puzzling kind of problem for her to have. Who does she think pays her salary? And the salary of everyone else in the Times newsroom?
Every time I see a full-page ad from Bergdorfs or a big spread of ads for uber-pricey chronographs in that silly “T” magazine, I think, “Great. I don’t need this stuff, but I am so grateful to those luxury brands for buying space in the Times. Buy more!”
Yes, of course, the paper’s editors need to make sure that they and the reporters don’t suck up to the likes of Hennessy and Vuitton. But I’d much rather see the Times wrestling with the temptations of having too much money than dealing with the consequences of not having enough.
I’ve been broke myself, and it ain’t great.