10/01/2010 02:12 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NYT's Anonymous Sourcery: The Deep Background Compliment

The intrepid New York Times watchdogs over at The NYTPicker today highlight a unique moment in the history of anonymous sourcery. It seems that Times Executive Editor Bill Keller sent around a "Talk To The Newsroom" email to staff "announcing the appointment of Hugo Lindgren as the new editor of the NYT Magazine." Strangely, it included this:

"[Lindgren]'s very smart, wildly creative and charismatic," says one editor who has worked closely with him. "People like him and want to do their best work for him. He just has a great magazine head."

I'm not sure what to make of this! Was the anonymously quoted editor so skittish about paying Lindgren a compliment that he/she insisted on doing so on background? Or is Keller just trying to imply that he has access to knowledgeable sources at his own newspaper?

Huh? Executive Editor Bill Keller Quotes Anonymous Source In Announcing New NYT Magazine Editor. [The NYTPicker]

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