Women

04.24.13

Politico: Abramson Era at NYT Troubled

Anonymous source calls the first female editor “impossible.”

One day after The New York Times’s scathing review of Brian Stelter’s book comes a dishy Politico article slamming the legendary newspaper’s management. The 1,700-word manifesto, posted Wednesday, explores the state of the Times under executive editor Jill Abramson. The piece features anonymous sources complaining that Abramson is “impossible” and claiming she’s “on the verge of losing support” in her own newsroom. “Every editor has a story about how she has blown up in a meeting,” one reporter said. Staffers also criticized Abramson for being absent from the newsroom, although a Times spokesman insisted Abramson needs to travel to “represent the newsroom.” But there’s a bright side for Abramson: the paper in dispute won four Pulitzers last week. Still, many worry it may not be enough to quiet the discontent in the newsroom.