Jim Rutenberg Looks Back on Tenure as NY Times Media Columnist

When Jim Rutenberg began writing the New York Times media column at the start of 2016, on the cusp of Donald Trump’s election, he was inheriting a media landscape from his predecessor, David Carr, that was about to change in ways nobody could have predicted.

“I really thought I’d be writing about the death of news,” Rutenberg recalled in a phone interview with Mediaite. Instead, he found himself reporting more on such abstract but increasingly pressing issues as free speech, objectivity and the rise of disinformation — as Trump’s attacks on the media were beginning to intensify.

This week, the Times announced that Rutenberg is leaving his “Mediator” column behind to become a writer at large, a direction he has
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