It was Black who proposed expanding the Sun from the six-page broadsheet that Ira and I originally proposed. He urged a paper with at least 16 pages, including sports and business, that could be what he called a “stand alone” paper and a “primary read.” He wanted us to capture not only the serious news but the culture, the fun, and the fizz of New York. He was not the only one of our financial backers who made brilliant editorial suggestions. But he was early in articulating our vision, and as we steered for it, our prospects turned for the better.
When the controversy that would bring him down was first surfacing in the news, a number of people, including some total strangers, approached me and said, “What are we going to do about the Jerusalem Post?” It is an important paper, but I always asked: “What about the Telegraph?” Under Black’s proprietorship, the greatest of the London broadsheets stood off the coast of Europe like a vast fleet defending freedom and security for Britain, America, and Israel, against a gathering list of enemies. In my view, the right move was a fight to keep Black’s empire intact and him at the helm.
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