Indiewire readers probably aren’t that familiar with David Carr, the esteemed New York Times media and culture columnist who died in the Times office on Thursday.
I knew him a little bit. We weren’t close friends, by any means, but I competed against him for many years as fellow media columnists. He was always a worthy adversary, quick witted, smart, wry and much more compassionate than people would have thought for a tough-guy journalist.
Once, I interviewed Carr for a column and he impressed me by having the sheer courage and irreverence to order matzo ball soup at a coffee shop. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-york-times-media-critic-david-carr
He was a sharp and utterly fair critic. He disdained those who took gratuitous cheap shots at their subjects because they had the power. If anything, Carr might have tried too hard to find the virtue in his subjects, even those who seemed to lack any. But this is the least of a journalist’s sins.
The column I included above says a lot more than I could write now about Carr. Please read it.
You would’ve liked the guy. I am lucky to have known him.