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Ex New York Times Editor Slams Paper’s Lack of Coverage of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The first female executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, has hit out at her former newspaper’s political coverage for not tracking the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who pulled off a shock victory in a New York primary Tuesday. Ocasio-Cortez soundly defeated Rep. Joe Crowley—who’s been in office since 1999 and was tipped as a possible successor to Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi—in New York’s 14th Congressional District. Linking to a New York Times article asking “Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?,” the former editor said she was angered by the question. “Kind of pisses me off that @nytimes is still asking Who Is Ocasio-Cortez? when it should have covered her campaign,” said Abramson. “Missing her rise akin to not seeing Trump’s win coming in 2016.” Abramson was executive editor of the newspaper from 2011 to 2014 and now teaches at Harvard.