New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. is denying the “shallow and factually incorrect” allegations that the paper’s executive editor, Jill Abramson, was fired over her complaints that she was paid less than her male colleagues. Women at the Times, Sulzberger argues in a memo to Times staffers on Saturday, “do not look for special treatment”:
Yesterday, when Arthur Sulzberger announced to the Times staff that he'd fired editor-in-chief Jill Abramson, he reportedly told the staff something like, "When women get to top management positions, they are sometimes fired, just as men are." A lot of the women I know who have similar professional ambitions to mine are stuck on that phrase: "Just as men are."
Ken Auletta of The New Yorker reports that, “several weeks ago,” fired New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson “discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, managing editor, were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs.”
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is stepping down, Politico reports. Dean Baquet, the paper’s managing editor, has been chosen to replace her. Abramson, a 17-year Times staffer, succeeded Bill Keller as executive editor in September 2011, becoming the first woman to do so. Her successor, Baquet, will be the first African American executive editor of the Times.
In an interview this past weekend, New York Times editor Jill Abramson decried THE POLITICO-style coverage of politics, in which "the political maneuvering becomes the dominant thread and what is lost is what effect it actually has on people." In a story yesterday about the US commando raids in Libya, her own paper did just that. (Then made it disappear.)