Ben Bradlee

Dan Roberts “Ben Bradlee, Washington Post editor during Watergate, dies aged 93”


元『ワシントン・ポスト』記者で現在は『ニューヨーカー』編集者のDavid Remnick氏のコメント;

He built an institution. Katharine Graham built an institution. That paper wasn’t any good before he got there. It wasn’t even the best paper in Washington. It became the second best paper in the country. He gave it its ambition.

Bradlee wasn’t Noam Chomsky. He was not an outsider or a leftist. He was a Cold War Democrat who probably voted for some Republicans. It helped that he had the good fortune that in a room full of schlubs that he looked like a grandee. He was funny and flashy, but not a stuffed shirt.

In my experience, he was the most alive presence, not only in journalism but in any realm. He wasn’t the most powerful intellectual, or the most radical thinker or the most self-questioning but the most alive. And that was the most important part of why you wanted to please him and bring the story home.
(David Remnick “David Remnick on Ben Bradlee: ‘He was the most alive presence’” )

Jason Deans and Dugald Baird “Ben Bradlee: Barack Obama leads tributes to ex-Washington Post editor”


“For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession – it was a public good vital to our democracy.

A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country’s finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told – stories that helped us understand our world and one another a little bit better.

The standard he set – a standard for honest, objective, meticulous reporting – encouraged so many others to enter the profession. And that standard is why, last year, I was proud to honor Ben with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Today, we offer our thoughts and prayers to Ben’s family, and all who were fortunate to share in what truly was a good life.”


“Ben was a true friend and genius leader in journalism. He forever altered our business. His one unbending principle was the quest for the truth and the necessity of that pursuit. He had the courage of an army. Ben had an intuitive understanding of the history of our profession, its formative impact on him and all of us. But he was utterly liberated from that. He was an original who charted his own course. We loved him deeply, and he will never be forgotten or replaced in our lives.”