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    YOUNG GREY LADY

    Wedding Announcement Mentions Abortion

    In The New York Times.

    Is abortion nearing the end of its hush-hush discussion days? The New York Times published a wedding announcement for Miami Heat basketball player Udonis Haslem and his wife, Faith Rein—but a few paragraphs stood out. The write-up mentioned that the couple had been dating for about a year when Rein got pregnant and she wanted to get an abortion. The “timing was bad,” as they were both in college and he was working toward the NBA draft. “ ‘I am not a huge fan of abortion, but we both had sports careers, plus we could not financially handle a baby,’ said Mr. Haslem, noting how he struggled with supporting Kedonis, the son he had in high school, who is now 14 and who lives with his mother,” according to the announcement.

    Read it at Think Progress
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    GRAY LADY

    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.

    Read it at Politico
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    Obits Gone Awry

    On Rocket Science And Stroganoff

    A roundup of the best reactions to the Yvonne Brill obit tiff.

    Last week, The New York Times published an obituary on influential rocket scientist Yvonne Brill, which sparked controversy and a whirlwind of Twitter backlash for highlighting Brill’s role as a wife and homemaker in the lede, as opposed to her groundbreaking advancements in satellite technology. Douglas Martin, the Times staff writer who wrote the column, said he “wouldn’t do anything differently” and explained that he was simply trying to put Brill into the context of her time.

    Though the article has since been edited, the conversation is still going over how women in the sciences are discussed.

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  • Surrounded by family and supporters, New York City Council speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn, center, speaks to the media as she announces her mayoral run in New York, Sunday, March 10, 2013. (Seth Wenig/AP)

    Christine Quinn, NYC Queen Bee?

    Critics are wrong to call out the New York Times for writing a piece about the temper of the women aiming to become the city’s first female mayor, writes Peggy Drexler.

    Today’s New York Times profile of City Council Speaker and New York City mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn inspired some uproar. Critics viewed the article as sexist for portraying Quinn—who, if elected, would be the city’s first female mayor—as combative, volatile, hyper-demanding, and vitriolic. Sources, both male and female, gave quotes about her brashness, her temper and penchant for “old fashioned screaming,” and her love of the F-word. Quinn, the Times suggests, can be something of a bully.

    But so what if she is? Is making such a point sexist? Not really.

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