Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Jill Abramson Out as New York Times Executive Editor

The Grey Lady's first female editor will be replaced by Dean Baquet, the paper's first black executive editor. They're sort of like Hillary and Barack in reverse, give or take a shove. (Has there ever been a top editor who served a shorter time?)

UPDATE: Pretty gross if this is true:, although the paper's editorial pages don't always see eye-to-eye with its business practices.

From The New York's article Why Jill Abramson was fired:

“Several weeks ago,” writes Ken Auletta, “Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. ‘She confronted the top brass,’ one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was ‘pushy,’ a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect…..”

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