A couple of months ago Dean Baquet, a former editor of the Los Angeles Times, was speaking at a journalism forum at the University of Southern California. He was expressing his thoughts on newspaper careerists too ambitious to fully learn their craft. He found his example at the Chicago Tribune.

Baquet said the Tribune‘s editor, Gerry Kern, “knows zero [chuckle] about newspapering. It was staggering to me. He was just a guy who , you know, just kept giving the right answers to his bosses. And never, and never—he knows I feel this way, I’ve said it to him, . . . he was a guy who just gave the right answers to his bosses and never learned how to really be a journalist—to my way of thinking.”