I feel sad about Jill Abramson

There’s a lot of speculation about why she’s out as executive editor: she complained too much about discriminatory pay; she didn’t consult with managing editor Dean Baquet about hiring someone who’d report to him; she and C.E.O. Mark Thompson clashed over various things, like the infiltration of corporate types (Thompson) into the newsroom and, most notibly, her (rather low-keyed) assignments investigating the pedophilia scandels at the BBC when he was Director-General); she was hard to get along with; or she was just generally too pushy (otherwise known as “leaning in” too much).

What do I think? That Baquet announced it was either him or her, and Thompson (who clearly had problems with her) and Sulzberger chose him.

Baquet reportedly punched a wall after a meeting with her and stormed out of the offices. From Joe Hagan’s piece in New York Magazine:

According to two sources, what precipitated the wall-punching incident was this: She had just returned from another trip and was critiquing the front-page stories that Baquet had published in her absence, calling each of them, one by one, “boring.” Baquet, who had managed the emotional farewells of departing editors while Abramson vacationed, protested by offering a story that he felt was important. After a long pause, Abramson simply declared, “Booooo-riiiing.”

That’s pretty infuriating.

I feel sad for her though. She had just published a moving article about pedestrians hit by vehicles, and indeed had herself just recovered from being hit by a truck.

518OvyFw+KL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_And she wrote this lovely book.

And, oddly, to me this is the saddest thing: They say she has a “T” for the Times tattooed on her back.

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1 Response to I feel sad about Jill Abramson

  1. Curt says:

    Wow, this is great! So good to hear the inside stories in condensed form. Almost archetypal conflicts at NYT you describe. The truth teller archetypal-y feels like the underdog and so overdoes it with one too many “boooorrrrings.” And the tattoo on her back! What could be more symbolic of pure commitment to the truth. I wonder if she had Hester Prynne in mind when she had it done? What she really needed was a women executives support group.

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