New York Times Editor Abruptly Removed From Top Job

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
May 14 2014 3:41 PM

New York Times Editor Jill Abramson Abruptly Removed From Top Job

168250910-executive-editor-of-the-new-york-times-jill-abramson
Abramson.

Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for WIRED

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, the head of the paper's editorial operations, was removed from her position by publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. this afternoon. The move was unexpected though perhaps foreshadowed by past reports of interpersonal friction in the paper's proverbial "newsroom." From Politico:

Senior editors were unexpectedly summoned to a 2 p.m. leadership meeting at the Times headquarters in New York on Wednesday. The news was then announced to staff by publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. at a 2:35 p.m. meeting.
In his announcement to staff, Sulzberger said Abramson's departure was related to "an issue with management in the newsroom," and had nothing to do with the quality of the paper's journalism during her tenure. Abramson was not present for the newsroom announcement.
"I choose to appoint a new leader for our newsroom because I believe that new leadership will improve some aspects of the management of the newsroom," Sulzberger said. "This is not about any disagreement between the newsroom and the business side."
Advertisement

Abramson will be replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet—with whom, Politico reported last year, she once had an infamous semi-public argument that spoke to "widespread frustration and anxiety" among staffers regarding her leadership style. (Baquet, who becomes the paper's first African-American executive editor, strongly defended Abramson in the Politico piece, whose assertions were criticized in Slate and elsewhere for being unfair and possibly holding Abramson to a sexist double standard.) New York magazine, meanwhile, reported last August that Abramson had a tense relationship with new Times CEO Mark Thompson and that she felt she was "isolated" without allies in the paper's management.

Ben Mathis-Lilley edits the Slatest. Follow @Slatest on Twitter.

TODAY IN SLATE

Sports Nut

Grandmaster Clash

One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

Do the Celebrities Whose Nude Photos Were Stolen Have a Case Against Apple?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

Future Tense

Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company

Food

How to Order Chinese Food

First, stop thinking of it as “Chinese food.”

Scotland Is Inspiring Secessionists Across America

The Country Where Women Aren’t Allowed to Work Once They’re 36 Weeks’ Pregnant

The XX Factor
Sept. 18 2014 11:40 AM The Country Where Women Aren’t Allowed to Work Once They’re 36 Weeks’ Pregnant
Moneybox
Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PM The Most Awkward Scenario in Which a Man Can Hold a Door for a Woman
  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 18 2014 3:19 PM In Defense of Congress Leaving Town Without a New War Vote
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 18 2014 3:31 PM What Europe Would Look Like If All the Separatist Movements Got Their Way
  Life
Outward
Sept. 18 2014 3:24 PM Symantec Removes Its “Sexual Orientation” Filter
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 18 2014 3:30 PM How Crisis Pregnancy Centers Trick Women
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 3:55 PM Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 2:39 PM Here's How to Keep Apple From Sharing Your iPhone Data With the Police
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM Do People Still Die of Rabies? And how do you know if an animal is rabid?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.