I had to post this picture of Katharine Graham and “Punch” Sulzberger here as a newspaper lover. The Washington Post under her and the New York Times under him published the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war. The Washington Post under Graham also exposed the Watergate scandal which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
I was reminded of those glory days of journalism when I read about the death of the former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger on Saturday. He was 86.
The New York Times under his son, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr, has lost none of its weight and authority. The newspaper has turned into a leading website as well since“Punch” was succeeded by his son as chairman of the board of the New York Times Company in 1997.
But the high-water mark in the New York Times history must be the Pentagon Papers, which it began publishing in June 1971 when “Punch” was the Times publisher. He also invested in new printing facilities, introduced daily use of colour photos and graphics and launched new feature sections such as Living, Home, Weekend, which were criticized at the time but helped boost circulation and revenues and became staples in the newspaper business.