• Tim Knox/eyevine/Redux

    Sad Spectacle

    Can We Trust the NYT After Abramson?

    The paper and its former executive editor have been spinning furiously since her abrupt dismissal, and the paper has been left diminished by the spectacle.

    The hot mess that is the divorce between The New York Times and now-former executive editor Jill Abramson is a classic case of he said, she said.

    The “he” is Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. “She,” of course, is Ms. Abramson. And if you’ve watched cable news or been on Twitter in the past 72 hours, it is abundantly clear she’s winning the spin war. But it’s unsettling that the most esteemed newspaper in the world and the woman who once ran it are spinning so furiously. And that casts a new light on the way The New York Times goes about the business of reporting the news on a day-to-day basis.

    Permalink
  • The Daily Beast

    Stop the Presses

    The Jill Abramson Effect on Women

    It’s not enough for women to get the top job. The new challenge seems to be keeping it.

    While Jill Abramson’s abrupt firing from the New York Times has sparked nearly as much speculation as the JayZ-Solange fight video, one thing is certain: Abramson’s exit is giving new rise to the discussion of the advancement for women in the workplace. If the appointment of women to top positions is supposed to help women below, what happens when women at the top don’t go the distance?

    Of Abramson’s unpleasant end, Gloria Feldt, founder of the women’s leadership group Take the Lead, said, “I think it will deter, whether consciously or unconsciously, some women from seeking the top-level position.”

    Permalink
  • Mario Tama/Getty

    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.

    Permalink
  • The New York Times headquarters. (Ramin Talaie/Getty)

    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.

    Permalink
  • Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

    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.

    Permalink
  • 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.

    Permalink