Revered New York Times columnist and media critic David Carr collaped in the newsroom yesterday and died at the age of 58. Shortly before he died, he moderated this outstanding TimesTalks panel centering on the documentary CitizenFour, featuring Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, and film maker Laura Poitras.
In his obituary, the Times said of him:
Mr. Carr’s writing was plain-spoken and could be blunt; he often gathered in readers conspiratorially and was sometimes self-referential and conscience-stricken. The effect was both folksy and sophisticated, a voice from a shrewd and well-informed skeptic.
In a statement, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., the newspaper’s publisher and chairman, said that “David Carr was one of the most gifted journalists who has ever worked at The New York Times.” And in an email to staff members on Thursday night, Dean Baquet, the executive editor, described Mr. Carr as “the finest media reporter of his generation, a remarkable and funny man who was one of the leaders of our newsroom.”
Now watch the last time he exercised the skills for which he became a legend among his peers.
UPDATE: fastest copyright takedown in YouTube history. Click the TimesTalks link to see the original on the Times site. And we’ll try a few options to see if they embed here as well.