New York Times Editor Dean Baquet Called Someone an ‘Asshole’ on Facebook

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FILE -- Dean Baquet, currently the Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, in Washington in 2007.  The New York Times announced Thursday, June 2, 2011, that Jill Abramson, a managing editor, will succeed Executive Editor Bill Keller, who is stepping down to become a full-time writer. Baquet was named a managing editor. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times

On Friday, USC journalism professor Marc Cooper took to Facebook to criticize New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet’s decision not to republish Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons in the paper’s coverage of the Paris shooting. “What absolute cowardice,” Cooper wrote. After reading the post, Baquet did what lots of people do when they see something they don’t like on social media: He made an angry comment. “Dear Marc, appreciate the self righteous second guessing without even considering there might be another point of view. Hope your students are more open minded. Asshole,” he wrote. When asked about the online incident, Baquet explained, “Lots of people have disagreed with my decision. Some of them are in The Times. I get that. Mr Cooper’s comment was nasty and arrogant. So I told him what I thought.” Okay then.