Thinking Like a Journalist

Gerald M. Levin officially stepped down as CEO of AOL Time Warner last week, bringing to a close a remarkable business career. For the past 10 years he has sat atop a media empire whose vast holdings include Time Inc., publisher of scores of magazines, including TIME. There has been plenty written about Jerry's business career in these pages and elsewhere. But inside the Time & Life Building, he will be best remembered as a fierce advocate for the editorial excellence and journalistic integrity of our publications.

When Time and Warner merged back in 1989, skeptics wondered whether the House of...

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