Gay Talese, looking dapper at the "Front Page" premier
Talese on the Times: Journalism legend Gay Talese loves Andrew Rossi's new documentary about the paper Talese used to work for and write about. But the well-dressed emissary from past Times regimes did not appreciate the New York Times media desk trio of Bruce Headlam, David Carr and Brian Stelter--who star in the film, "Page One"--showing up to the screening he hosted this past Friday sans neck-tie. Still, Talese had very nice things to say about the paper of record, which has been the object of his criticism in the past, when Vanity Fair writer Sarah Ellison caught up with him at the after party.
"I think the paper tonight as I'm sitting in the middle of Le Cirque talking to you about this documentary, I think the Times is now better than ever, he told her.
"Better than when I worked for it. And Sulzberger the publisher has to take credit for it. And I think that the reporters we celebrate tonight are the quintessential journalists of my lifetime, and the editors too: The Jill Abramsons, the Bill Kellers, and the publisher Sulzberger."
This was our favorite part of their chat: "Journalism is for the young. Young people who go into journalism as a calling are entering, I think, the most worthwhile profession that is possible, and the reason I say that is that there is no profession or industry or calling that tries very hard to tell the truth and to sell the truth and to make the truth make money. The truth is hard, first of all, to get. And harder still to communicate. And more hard to make money on!" Amen.
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