Times Star Sorkin: Too Cozy With Wall Street?

Colleagues clash with Too Big to Fail author
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2009 12:21 PM CST
The cover of Sorkin's "Too Big to Fail."   (Penguin Group)
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(Newser) – Andrew Ross Sorkin isn't the only entrepreneurial writer in the New York Times stable, but he might be the most successful, with his DealBook blog and newsletter, his Times column, and now his bestseller, Too Big to Fail making him ubiquitous in the media these days. “It’s hard to overstate Sorkin’s centrality as an information hub on Wall Street,” Sherman writes in New York, noting the financial bigwigs who showed up for Sorkin's book party. “He’s a 32-year-old guy, and there were all these titans of Wall Street crowding around to say hello and make nice to Andrew," adds New Yorker media columnist Ken Auletta.

Which is just what bothers an increasing number of his colleagues, who say he's too cozy with his sources and too fawning in his prose, reports Sherman. “In a profession that tends, with religious fervor, to draw bright lines and stay behind them, Sorkin seems to cross back and forth without a care.” One of the biggest stars at the Times isn’t a “Timesman.” That and the charge that he poached scoops for his book from other Times reporters, a flap that is still simmering in the newsroom. Still, in these troubled days, Sherman writes, “for the Times, the Sorkin brand is too big to fail.”