and our impartiality and our fairness. I
just think it is a terrible idea to do that.
;at’s not why I went into journalism.
Why do you have to have someone
come in at 6 a.m.?
Well, the tweets. A lot of early developments. When Trump first became
president, he was tweeting at the crack
of dawn. We weren’t ready for it. It had
never happened before. And so we
scrambled, and New York pushed hard,
and I easily agreed that we needed someone in there earlier. ;ere are two schools
of thought about Trump’s tweets. One
is that, ‘Why are you just covering the
noise?’ On the other hand, he is the president of the United States, so his tweets
are often policy or they are so over the
top for an American president that they
need to be covered—attacking his attorney general, for example. So often when
I get in, at about 8: 30, we’ve already got
a couple of stories up online.
What are the lessons you’ve learned
about covering Trump?
One of the things we’ve done is make
sure there is a really, really high price for
mistakes. ;ere has always been a high
price for mistakes at the Times. Now
there is a higher price because we are so
much on the radar. We’ve got a president
who is coming after us regularly and we
don’t want to give him any ammunition.
What have been your high points and
low points as bureau chief?
A low point was getting beaten by ;e
Washington Post on all the Flynn coverage
[Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national
security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to
the FBI]. ;e Post was really good in the
beginning on Michael Flynn, and we were
scrambling. I guess low points will always
be when we get beaten by our competitors, and that would be one of them. ;e
high point was the Russia team’s coverage, and the Pulitzer.
The president talks constantly about
‘the failing New York Times.’ How
does that affect you?
I’ve met Donald Trump once, that was
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