It was something which the media was least expecting! The highly popular New York Times media critic, David Carr, died after collapsing in the newsroom.
The media world was just recovering from the demise of legendary 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon in a freak traffic accident on Manhattan’s West Side Highway when it was hit by sledge hammer like news of the demise of New York Times media critic David Carr.
David Carr’s demise has been greeted with disbelief and tears by colleagues in journalism and beyond.
New York Times media critic David Carr, 58, collapsed in the paper’s newsroom in Midtown Manhattan and died after being rushed by ambulance to nearby Roosevelt Hospital. The cause of death has not been determined late Thursday night.
A shaken Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet said, “He collapsed in the newsroom, and I met the ambulance and a bunch of us went to the hospital. He was the best media writer of his generation, he really was. We loved him. He was a terrific human being and important to us. Just a truly unique talent.”
Carr had a lot many friends and his demise was greeted by shock, disbelief and tears by his compatriots in the media.
For Carr it was a day just like it used to be and he earlier in the evening he wrote the highly regarded Media Equation column and even presided over a “Times Talk” event. It featured investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald, documentary filmmaker Loira Poitras, and renegade whistle blower and Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, via remote video feed.
Baquet wrote in a memo to the grieving Times staff,. “I am sorry to have to tell you that our wonderful, esteemed colleague David Carr died suddenly tonight after collapsing in the newsroom. A group of us were with his wife, Jill, and one of his daughters, at the hospital. His daughter Erin said he was special, and that he was.”
Baquet continued: “He was the finest media reporter of his generation, a remarkable and funny man who was one of the leaders of our newsroom. He was our biggest champion, and his unending passion for journalism and for truth will be missed by his family at The Times, by his readers around the world, and by people who love journalism.”