— It’s nice to see Paul Krugman talk about the importance of the institution he works for, particularly in the wake of some awfully silly talk during the the Nate Silver/Margaret Sullivan dustup that Silver didn’t gain immensely from his association with the NYT.
So first of all, let’s talk frankly about the job I have. The New York Times isn’t just some newspaper somewhere, it’s the nation’s paper of record. As a result, being an op-ed columnist at the Times is a pretty big deal — one I’m immensely grateful to have been granted — and those who hold the position, if they know how to use it effectively, have a lot more influence on national debate than, say, most senators. Does anyone doubt that the White House pays attention to what I write?
Now, officials inside the administration can of course have even more influence — but only if they’re good at a very different kind of game, that of persuading the president and his inner circle in behind-closed-doors discussion. And everything I know about myself says that I’m not very good at that game.
Read Audit Boss Dean Starkman’s “Confidence Game” for more on the importance of institutions in a digital age.