Newspaper editors sometimes are faced with difficult decisions. And sometimes those decisions do not turn out to be the right choices.

I just finished reading a fascinating book written by Len Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post. In “All About the Story,” Downie chronicles his 44 years as a journalist with the Post. He became its executive editor in 1991 upon the retirement of Ben Bradlee, who rose to fame for leading the newspaper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and for being portrayed by Jason Robards in the movie, “All the President’s Men.”

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