Here’s the thing: We were right to decline that story, Jeff, but, more to the point, our publisher was wise to LET us decline.
because the people above us trusted us, if grudgingly, and — more important — had our backs.
I was telling this tale of tolerated impertinence to Howard Simons,
He smiled and said that it embodied his most important principle as a newspaper manager: “Kick up, kiss down.” Aggravate your bosses, but make the people below you love and respect you.
Sag ich doch dauernd.