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Remain Calm, Etc: And Jill Came Tumbling After

Posted on: May 15, 2014

I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.

Good Thursday, Widdershins. Bear with me today.  To paraphrase Prolix, life intruded yesterday and I’m tardily composing this morning,  Of course, nothing appears to be cooperating today, either, so coherence may be something of an issue here.

I was startled when the news of Jill Abramson’s termination was announced.  The New York Times unceremoniously dumped Ms. Abramson after nearly three years of service as editor.  She was the first woman to hold that position, and will be replaced by her deputy Dean Baquet, who will be the first African-American named to the post. Rumors abound.  I have read that there was general displeasure with her management style, and there are whispers of friction between the news section and the business portion of the NYT.

Other sources say that Jill discovered a rather large pay gap between herself and previous editors and went forward with the issue.  We do know that the paper has a mandatory retirement age of 65, and that she is 5 years away from that step.  We also know that her termination was immediate and far-reaching.  Previous editors were given editorial positions, and Jill was not.  The current Mr.  Salzburg, grandson to the author of the above referenced quotation, advised a roomful of reporters that he had issues with her management, and that’s all he was going to say.  Yeah, that’ll work.

Whatever the reasons were – or weren’t – this mess solidifies my theory that a strong woman appears to still rankle executive leadership.  A questioning male is just that, a female is snoopy.  A man of conviction is firm, a woman is pushy.  A man who knows his own worth is self-assured, a woman is grasping.  An ambitious man is warmly received, an ambitious woman is disloyal.  We get it Mr. Salzburg, we get it.  I suppose that we just expected more from the paper.

This is an open thread.


12 Responses to "Remain Calm, Etc: And Jill Came Tumbling After"

They discussed this quite a bit on Morning Schmoe.

Didn’t see it. This is just so lame.

@2: Oh it’s more than lame. It’s so sexist it reeks!!!

Can’t embed but here’s a link.

Color me surprised — when did this type of thing not happen? Any situation in which a woman expresses opinion based upon emotional intelligence backed up by experience and expertise, she is looked at like she is speaking Martian with a southern accent.

Men, as a rule, don’t understand or appreciate emotional intelligence. From the snippets I’ve read — Ms. Abramson was speaking truth to power, was right, therefore she obviously had to go. Forget about the salary discrepancy — that might have been fixed in the long run, but getting a man to understand a language about which he has no capacity — it would never work.

And what is truly ironic — this would not have been a story if not for the NYT handling it so atrociously — the NYT fired the one person who would have known how to handle it.

Great link. They are correct that the NYT would make a huge deal if anyone else were to do this sort of thing.

Well said, chat. NYT should be ashamed. For a lot of stuff actually.

Joseph Wilson editorial on Rove’s comments about Hillary:

@5: Perhaps you could do a chart or graph for us? 😉

@8: Comparing women’s salaries to instances of the plague in Peoria?

@9: That sounds like a good one.

Well this old gray lady won’t be clicking on their site, anymore.
I wish I could really hit’em where it hurts.

I’m with you, Sue. I have to believe that there will be blowback.

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