RIP Herb Klein

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on July 2, 2009

Former Copley Newspapers Editor-in-Chief Herb Klein died today at the age of 91. Klein was also notable as the first-ever White House communications director, serving President Richard Nixon.

I met Klein several years ago when I had the audacity to apply for a job opening for an editorial writer at the Union-Tribune. The only reason I got as far in the interview proces as I did was this blog. I didn't get the job, but I did get the privilege of having two interviews with Klein during the process.

Being in his office was like entering a sort of political museum. I was admitted to his office a few minutes before he came in and just stared at the walls, spotting a Herblock cartoon depicting Klein holding on to both sides of a "credibility" chasm between Nixon and the press.

I enjoyed our conversations -- they felt much more like that than an interview -- and remember him putting off the end of our second interview by several minutes to finish up a subject even though his next appointment was waiting in the lobby. As I walked out, I recognized the guest who'd been kept waiting, but didn't put a name on him until I was back downstairs at my desk. The guy kept cooling his heels was Daniel Goldin, NASA administrator.

RIP, Herb Klein.


When the Supreme Court ends “may-issue” carry, the anti-rights authoritarians, statists, and corporate press political operatives will weep and gnash their teeth. It will be a truly great day. And then we’ll keep winning.

The City of San Jose filed a new motion in our case against them and it seems those hoes mad!

They seem to think our rights are up for negotiation.

Maybe we should repeat ourselves?

Fuck you, No! for more on the case and how you can help!

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