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New Yorker: Abramson Fired Over Income Inequality

From an irony proof New Yorker:

Why Jill Abramson Was Fired

By Ken Auletta | May 14, 2014

… As with any such upheaval, there’s a history behind it. 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.

Maybe she wasn’t as good at her job as Bill Keller? (And later, we will hear that she wasn’t on the job as long as Keller, either.)

“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.

Still, it’s better than ‘bossy.’

Sulzberger is known to believe that the Times, as a financially beleaguered newspaper, needed to retreat on some of its generous pay and pension benefits; Abramson, who spent much of her career at the Wall Street Journal, had been at the Times for far fewer years than Keller, which accounted for some of the pension disparity…

Where has this writer been? Time on the jobs doesn’t matter when it comes to gender income inequality. (By the way, working at the WSJ probably made her suspect at The Times, anyway.)

Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the Times, said that Jill Abramson’s total compensation as executive editor “was directly comparable to Bill Keller’s”—though it was not actually the same. I was also told by another friend of Abramson’s that the pay gap with Keller was only closed after she complained. But, to women at an institution that was once sued by its female employees for discriminatory practices, the question brings up ugly memories.

It’s probably true they discriminate against women. In fact, the Times has even seemed to favor gay men over lesbians in their non-stop gay activism.

Whether Abramson was right or wrong, both sides were left unhappy. A third associate told me, “She found out that a former deputy managing editor”—a man—“made more money than she did” while she was managing editor. “She had a lawyer make polite inquiries about the pay and pension disparities, which set them off.” …

We just checked the NYT’s search engine. The Times has published 13 articles mentioning "income inequality" in the last 24 hours. They have mentioned "income inequality" in 106 articles in the past week. They have mentioned "income inequality" in 11,300 articles in the last 12 months.

And yet they don’t practice what they preach. Just like the rest of our liberal betters.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 15th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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