Press: Underdog to an 800-Pound Gorilla

The conservative Times struggles for a wider niche

* It should not be said that Arnaud de Borchgrave never sleeps. True, he puts in 18-hour days at the Washington Times, showering his staff with "Arnaud- grams," notes scrawled on yellow paper suggesting stories and sources. He bounces around the newsroom, nagging, second-guessing or just plain giving orders. But he does sleep. The proof is in his office, which contains a queen- size bed. Though de Borchgrave owns an apartment in Washington, he spends many nights at work, rising before dawn to read the day's papers.

Such industriousness has been a boon for the troubled Times, the conservative newspaper owned...