The New York Times Rebukes Critics regarding the Firing of Jill Abramson

The New York Times Rebukes Critics regarding the Firing of Jill Abramson

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. released a statement on Saturday stating that former executive editor Jill Abramson was fired because “she had lost the support of her masthead colleagues and could not win it back.”

Sulzberger also dismissed what he said were “incorrect reports that Jill’s compensation package was not comparable with her predecessor’s,” and said her efforts to achieve a salary raise played no part in the decision to terminate her.

“During her tenure, I heard repeatedly from her newsroom colleagues, women and men, about a series of issues, including arbitrary decision-making, a failure to consult and bring colleagues with her, inadequate communication and the public mistreatment of colleagues,” Sulzberger wrote in the statement.

“I discussed these issues with Jill herself several times and warned her that, unless they were addressed, she risked losing the trust of both masthead and newsroom,” he continued. “She acknowledged that there were issues and agreed to try to overcome them. We all wanted her to succeed. It became clear, however, that the gap was too big to bridge and ultimately I concluded that she had lost the support of her masthead colleagues and could not win it back.”

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Source: Politico | DYLAN BYERS

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