New York Times Grapples With David Carr’s Legacy

NEW YORK — On Feb. 21, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said replacing star media columnist David Carr, who died in the paper’s newsroom nine days earlier from complications of lung cancer, “is not something we can do overnight.” Carr, he noted, is “a tough act to follow.”

 

Indeed, Carr wasn’t a mere columnist, but occupied a unique space as the Times’ grizzled media sage, a champion of both old school journalistic values and new media upstarts, and a fierce advocate for the paper.

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