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New Yorker: NYT Editor Fired for Seeking Gender-Neutral Wage

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A glass ceiling at the Gray Lady?

From the “Love Me I’m A Liberal” department:

The New Yorker is reporting that today’s firing of The New York Times’ first female Executive Editor, Jill Abramson, occurred because she was “pushy” with the paper’s masters er, CEO and owner.

Specifically, Abramson demanded equal pay for equal work, and Art Sulzberger Jr. wasn’t happy about it. Ken Auletta reports:

Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. ‘She confronted the top brass,’ one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was ‘pushy,’ a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.

Ya think?

This is shameful. Long considered journalism’s gold standard — and once considered unapologetically liberal, back when that was a badge of honor – it seems NYT is unable to walk the talk even on something as basic as equal pay for equal work.

Seems the “Old Gray Lady” is more like an Ole Boys’ Club. It will be interesting to see if Abramson’s replacement, upon learning the real facts, stands with her or for himself. Although based on Auletta’s reporting, I’m not holding my breath.

Once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to the socialist meetings
Learned all the old union hymns
But I’ve grown older and wiser
And that’s why I’m turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

–Phil Ochs

Photo by Peter Dutton released under a Creative Commons license.

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New Yorker: NYT Editor Fired for Seeking Gender-Neutral Wage

The front of the NY Times building

A glass ceiling at the Gray Lady?

From the “Love Me I’m A Liberal” department:

The New Yorker is reporting that today’s firing of The New York Times’ first female Executive Editor, Jill Abramson, occurred because she was “pushy” with the paper’s masters er, CEO and owner.

Specifically, Abramson demanded equal pay for equal work, and Art Sulzberger Jr. wasn’t happy about it. Ken Auletta reports:

Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. ‘She confronted the top brass,’ one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was ‘pushy,’ a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.

Ya think?

This is shameful. Long considered journalism’s gold standard — and once considered unapologetically liberal, back when that was a badge of honor – it seems NYT is unable to walk the talk even on something as basic as equal pay for equal work.

Seems the “Old Gray Lady” is more like an Ole Boys’ Club. It will be interesting to see if Abramson’s replacement, upon learning the real facts, stands with her or for himself. Although based on Auletta’s reporting, I’m not holding my breath.

Once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to the socialist meetings
Learned all the old union hymns
But I’ve grown older and wiser
And that’s why I’m turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

–Phil Ochs

Photo by Peter Dutton released under a Creative Commons license.

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