Search transcripts:    Advanced Search
Notable New     Yorkers
Select     Notable New Yorker

John B. OakesJohn B. Oakes
Photo Gallery

Part:         Session:         Page of 512

editorial page during the '70s and before, also. But I think that, given the economic situation of the Times in the early '70s, which wasn't extremely prosperous -- the Times was getting on all right, of course, but it was running a very narrow margin of profit. And the pressures exerted on Punch not only by one or two members of his board of directors of the Times, the outside members, but also by what could be called Wall Street and the banking and financial community in general, I think that I simply -- with my editorial staff as I had it then -- was just running too liberal, too much what was perceived as an anti-Wall Street position. While I repeat that Punch never expressed this to me -- and in fact, expressly disavowed the possibility that there was anything wrong with the way I was running the editorial page at the time -- I still think -- I really say this reluctantly, and I'm afraid that's why it's taking me such a long time to say it, but I think the answer is yes, that this was certainly a strong motivating cause of the need to, as he saw it, to have what turned out to be an almost clean sweep not only of the editor of the editorial page but of the entire editorial board, almost completely.

And certainly I think -- I think, really, one hundred percent perhaps -- maybe not quite -- within a year after my departure, I think the editorial board had changed if not a hundred percent, almost to that degree. Does that answer your question?


It does. Thank you.

Is there anything else you'd like to say about this particular period?


I don't think so.

© 2006 Columbia University Libraries | Oral History Research Office | Rights and Permissions | Help