Jill Abramson's Cardinal Sins Were Being 'Pushy' and Talking About Money. Oy.
Media types and those who are interested in them know there's only been one (non-elevator-related) story of import this week and that is the unceremonious firing of Jill Abramson from the executive editorship of The New York Times, the first female in the paper's storied history ever to occupy that estimable post.
The relationship between Abramson and Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr, the publisher of the Times, has long been known to be contentious, with clashes over her often brusque management style, but the first leaks (chronicled first and most thoroughly by Ken Auletta at The New Yorker) suggested that the straw that broke the camel's back was Abramson's discovery of, and subsequent attempt to correct, what appeared to be a significant disparity in pay between herself and her male predecessors (i.e., they were making more, if that isn't immediately obvious.) Whether this was really true is up for debatethe Times has since released a flurry of figures supporting their argument that Abramson acted in errorbut Abramson found it convincing enough to hire a lawyer.
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