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Pixel Dust

by M.G. Siegler


Samuel I. Newhouse, Jr., the Longtime Owner of The New Yorker and Chairman of Condé Nast, Has Died at Eighty-Nine

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, remembers Newhouse:

That is, if he [Ben Bradlee, editor of The Washington Post] was planning to publish something of unusual investigative moment or daring, he alerted Graham [owner of The Washington Post], because she, after all, would be paying the legal bills. If I was going to burn down the house, it seemed fair to call the one who held the deed. So I called Si.
It is fair to say that Si Newhouse was not a big talker on any occasion, but here he was especially reserved. I responded by rattling on about the strength of the piece, the efforts exerted by the writer and the fact checkers, the care lavished on the text by the editors and our lawyer. Finally, I concluded this bumbling soliloquy with “And so I think we should be O.K.”
A prolonged silence ensued at the end of the line. At last Si said, “That sounds very interesting. I look forward to reading it.” 

What more could you ask from an owner?


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