New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. released a statement Saturday saying former executive editor Jill Abramson’s behavior patterns, including “public mistreatment of colleagues,” was behind the decision to fire the first female leader of the newsroom.
Sulzberger denied charges of “unequal treatment of women,” as it’s been suggested that Abramson was angry about the level of her compensation compared to another former editor, Bill Keller. The Times’ CEO Mark Thompson stated that her pay package was higher than Keller’s.
Sulzberger concluded by insisting that “she had lost the support of her masthead colleagues and could not win it back.” Abramson was replaced by The Times’s managing editor, Dean Baquet, who has become the paper’s first black executive editor.
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Ms. Abramson has not responded to messages seeking comment since her ouster. But a message appeared this week on the Instagram account of her daughter, Cornelia Griggs. “Big thank you to all the #pushy #bossy #polarizing women and men who get it,” Dr. Griggs wrote. “The story isn’t over, not even close.”