NYT Sends Abramson Back to the Kitchen – Barefoot

Jill Abramson fired for seeking equal pay: Report – Salon.com

The announcement, today, that Jill Abramson was departing her job as executive editor of the New York Times prompted much speculation across the media. Abramson, appointed in 2011, had enjoyed a relatively brief tenure and one riven by nasty, critical coverage, particularly in Politico. Howard Kurtz, a Fox News media reporter, noted that there’s “Gotta be a backstory there.”

Ken Auletta of the New Yorker has reported on Abramson in the past, and today reports that there indeed was: that Abramson recently learned her pay package was not commensurate with that of her predecessor, Bill Keller, and sought parity. Auletta reports: “‘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.” The counterargument to Abramson’s pay request, predictably, is that ownership did not want to outlay more money in a difficult time for print media, but in an update, Auletta notes that a deputy of Abramson’s, a man, made more money than she did while she was managing editor.

Keep this in mind the next time the almighty New York Times starts castigating somebody else for “inequality.”


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NYT Sends Abramson Back to the Kitchen – Barefoot — 3 Comments

  1. I saw this in a Politico story — and I use that word advisedly, as contrasted with “article”. I noted that the story had plentiful quotes from female “business leaders” who claimed to have been discriminated against, and a surprising (sneer quotes may be inferred) lack of counterbalancing statistics or statements from firing bosses or anything. The author of the story was a woman who had several other stories in the same vein. So I just discounted the entire claim.

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