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  a history of violence

At The Times, A Violent Wall-Punching Temper Causes Laughter And Joy

We all know Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times, is a brusque, mercurial, pushy, difficult woman. And a liar. And sneaky. And a woman. And she had to go. She’d made her managing editor, Dean Baquet, real mad, see, by maybe or maybe not asking his permission to hire someone, which is a thing a lady boss is supposed to do when she is a lady. And, according to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the publisher of the Times, there were “patterns in the newsroom.” Pushy patterns. Mercurial patterns. Crazy bitchy broad patterns. And once Baquet made the “severity of his feelings” known, Sulzberger had no choice but to kick Abramson to the curb and give her job to Baquet. After all, Baquet is “likable and funny” and everyone “basically adores him” and “charming” and “funny” and “a class act” and “a calming personality” and he has a “friendly smile and deeply sympathetic soul.” Goddamn, the guy’s basically a saint. Unlike, you know, her. Oh, but then there is this: Yet Baquet acknowledges he too can become intense amid argument. I asked Baquet about maps that reporters said had been tacked up at the Times’ Washington offices to cover several holes he had punched in walls down there. He laughed and said, “it’s true. I should have a lawyer with me for this part, shouldn’t I? “I have a temper,” Baquet said, “In each case I was mad at somebody above me in rank. That’s not an excuse, but it’s a fact.” Gosh. That sure does sound charming and friendly and not AT ALL like the new executive editor maybe has some anger management issues that maybe are not appropriate for the newsroom or the workplace or, like, anywhere. He might have a deeply sympathetic soul, but filling a hole with his tiny fists of rage when he feels “intense” seems sort of … oh, one might say mercurial. Brusque. Dickish. Totally unacceptably violent. But hey, like Baquet says, “Leaders have to make tough decisions.” Guess sometimes walls just need to be punched. Read more on At The Times, A Violent Wall-Punching Temper Causes Laughter And Joy…
  With Special Bonus Ronald Reagan Slash Fic

Sunday Bloody NYT Sunday: Special Let’s Put This Whole Jill Abramson Mess Behind Us Edition

Hahaha you know what is NOT front page news at the Times today? Jill Abramson’s unceremonious departure from said Times, which is still front page news everywhere else. The NYT tucks it back on page 20, and it’s about a self-serving little statement from Arthur Sulzberger Jr., who is slowly digging himself a hole to China. Short version: not his fault, totes her fault, NYT loves the ladies. Shut the fuck up, Pinch. Read more on Sunday Bloody NYT Sunday: Special Let’s Put This Whole Jill Abramson Mess Behind Us Edition…
  dead gray lady

On Internet, A Shrieking Sh*tpile Of Emotional Feminist Hysteria At Totally Non-Sexist New York Times

The New York Times — the august pinnacle of American journalism and beginning headlines with prepositional phrases — has experienced a sad tsuris this week, as a bunch of mouthy broads started giving it a rash of shit just because it fired its top editor, and first woman in the role, in a manner usually reserved for the ex-girlfriends of Kim Jong Un. But it got more shit — demonstrably worse shit, in effect a scalding boiling stinking river of gastrointestinal distress — last night, as the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta printed some cold hard numbers a little birdie gave him. First the Times let its own reporters hang out their asses by repeating to them the seeming untruth that Jill Abramson’s pay was “comparable” to not only her predecessors in various posts at the paper but her own deputy, who in fact earned more than she; the reporters were reduced to interviewing Ken Auletta about his assertions that Abramson complaining about her pay gap was a contributing factor in her firing. Then a Times spokeswoman “conceded” to Mr. Auletta that Ms. Abramson’s lawyering up was seen as too testicular during a time when her bosses were already in a spot of bother over her unladylike ways. The Times spokeswoman immediately denied having “conceded” anything. She does not seem to have been fired yet. When she is, complaining about her pay will presumably not have been a contributing factor*. Read more on On Internet, A Shrieking Sh*tpile Of Emotional Feminist Hysteria At Totally Non-Sexist New York Times…
  #RIPpatriarchy

Male ‘Journalist’ Tucker Carlson Sad There Are No Male Journalists Because Jill Abramson Murdered Them All

Since the suspiciously ungracious and despicably cruel firing of Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times — apparently for no reason other than because she was a “pushy” “mercurial” “polarizing” “brusque” beeeyotch who twice hurt an otherwise super chill dude’s feelings so bad he had to punch a wall, but it’s okay now because the Times ding-donged that witch and gave her job to Mr. Chill Dude — there have been many excellent analyses of what happened at the Times. Like what an inspiration she was to the other women who worked at the Times. And how shocking and discouraging it is that she was fired in the way that she was, unlike, say, former editor Howell Raines, who was given a pretty darned nice send off when he was fired. Or how we will never really know whether and how much sexism played a role in how she was treated, perceived, and ultimately fired. There are many excellent points out there, made by excellent people who are very smart and wise. And then there is Tucker Carlson, who is “enjoying the heck out of this story.” Because he is a dick. Read more on Male ‘Journalist’ Tucker Carlson Sad There Are No Male Journalists Because Jill Abramson Murdered Them All…
  fuck you nyt you unequal-paying piece of shit

At New York Times, A Clusterfuque

Jill Abramson, the first woman editor of the New York Times, fired abruptly, with no official reason given — and the unofficial reasons leaked fast and furious for the rest of the evening to friendly reporters at Politico, each more petty and smaller-seeming than the last? There must be a back story there indeed. Pulitzers all around, Howard Kurtz! Now, we know Jill Abramson wasn’t terminated for having her lawyer approach Times execs about the pay gap she’d discovered — a significant (and since seemingly rectified) chasm between her pay and that of her predecessor, Bill Keller. After all, the Times spokesman explained that her pay was simultaneously not less than, not “meaningfully” less than, and directly comparable to his. (The spokesman did not address The New Yorker’s assertion that as managing editor, she was also paid less than her deputy.) We know it is not those things because the Times says so, and that is good enough for us. Instead it is things like “she went on panels without asking her boss first,” and “she tried to hire someone, which made her male subordinate mad,” and (this is a favorite, as Jill Abramson is universally acknowledged to be like “lol so lazy I don’t even care about standards at all”) “she liked having the title more than the job” and another one, “LOOK OVER THERE!” Read more on At New York Times, A Clusterfuque…
  tuesday bloody nyt tuesday

Three Possible Reasons All These People Are Fleeing The New York Times

You all know how much we love us some New York Times, but soon there will literally be no one left there to write anything. Oh, god, but Maureen Dowd will probably get to run the whole paper and that will be some end times level shit. Read more on Three Possible Reasons All These People Are Fleeing The New York Times…
  horrible bosses

New York Times Lady Boss Still Not Allowed To Be As Big A Dick As The Man Bosses

Everyone is mad at Politico again, just because media reporter Dylan Byers wrote a story about how Everyone Hates Jill Abramson, executive editor of the New York Times. Like, after she talks to people they break things and punch holes in the walls, that is how big an asshole she is! (Get it? It’s funny, because nobody thinks the man who punches holes in a wall is an asshole. Ha. Ha. Ha.) But what people are missing in this awesome story about how Jill Abramson hurts people’s feelings, and is “cold” and “unapproachable” and “has a bad temperament” is that sometimes lady bosses are THE. FUCKING. WORST. Let us tell you some lady boss stories, after the jump! Read more on New York Times Lady Boss Still Not Allowed To Be As Big A Dick As The Man Bosses…
 

Coming Soon to Libbygate: Abramson/Miller Smackdown!

Here was another fun tidbit from the end of the yesterday episode of Scooter Libbypalooza: Defense lawyers said Wednesday they had subpoenaed Jill Abramson, the managing editor of The Times, to appear as a witness. Read more on Coming Soon to Libbygate: Abramson/Miller Smackdown!…