lunes, 28 de junio de 2010

Norman McRae (1921-2010)

Empezó a trabajar en The Economist en 1948 y fue su Subdirector entre 1965 y 1988, es decir, la época en que la revista británica se transformó en una potencia informativa global. Murió el 11 de Junio. Le dedican tres páginas de obituario en lugar de una, como suelen. Vale la pena leerlo todo, aunque sea un exceso. Me quedo con este párrafo:
He could be a brutal editor and a savage critic of flabby ideas. He altered colleagues’ copy with abandon. But he was greatly liked, generous with his time and amiable in conversation. He was also a loyal company man, never allowing his growing renown to go to his head. He frequently slept in his office, his large frame heaped on the floor, and sweated blood to correct errant facts as well as to expunge creeping heresy. More than anyone else, he made sure that The Economist was not blown off course by the winds of ideological fashion or becalmed in routine reporting.
Un periodista.
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