R. W. Apple Jr., the legendary and complex New York Timesman, has died.
I can't add much to the Times obit, but I'll always remember the description of Apple in "Boys On The Bus," Timothy Crouse's excellent account of the press corps covering the 1972 presidential campaign. (Which you should really read if you have any interest in journalism – and if you're here, you do.)
The Times excerpted a bit. Here it is:
There was a reason why reporters told stories about Apple. They recognized many of their own traits in him, grotesquely magnified. The shock of recognition frightened them. Apple was like them, only more blatant. He openly displayed the faults they tried to hide...Read the whole obit here.