There is big time Hi-Jinx going on at the NYT, or is that redundant? Recently their new Managing Editor, Jill Abramson was fired over the subject of “Pay Equality”. The NYT Blew This One. There were two stories on DRUDGE that should make the NYT, well, look stupid. It started out Abramson wanted equal pay of that of outgoing William Keller. Pinch, no brains, Salzburger in a fit, fired her for her audacity. Well, the first story is the WHY Abramson was fired, the second article says Abramson made more than Keller. So, when you look at the overall management of the NYT, the simple response was, YES, we’ll give you a PAY CUT and you’ll be right in line. But the NYT being the BRAINS of the Journalism World, just made an ass of itself, AGAIN. You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up
May 14, 2014
Why Jill Abramson Was Fired
At the annual City University Journalism School dinner, on Monday, Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the New York Times, was seated with Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the paper’s publisher. At the time, I did not give a moment’s thought to why Jill Abramson, the paper’s executive editor, was not at their table. Then, at 2:36 P.M. on Wednesday, an announcement from the Times hit my e-mail, saying that Baquet would replace Abramson, less than three years after she was appointed the first woman in the top job. Baquet will be the first African-American to lead the Times.
Fellow-journalists and others scrambled to find out what had happened. Sulzberger had fired Abramson, and he did not try to hide that. In a speech to the newsroom on Wednesday afternoon, he said, “I chose to appoint a new leader of our newsroom because I believe that new leadership will improve some aspects …” Abramson chose not to attend the announcement, and not to pretend that she had volunteered to step down.
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. “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. 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.
New York Times publisher fires back, calls claim that Jill Abramson was paid less ‘not true’
By Ashe Schow | MAY 15, 2014 AT 2:28 PM
Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of the New York Times, told staff that it was “simply not true” that now-fired Executive Editor Jill Abramson was paid less than her male predecessor, according to a staff memo obtained by Politico.
A bombshell report on Wednesday revealed that Abramson had discussed the pay inequity with Sulzberger and that the gap was closed, but that Abramson had also asked a lawyer to inquire about past pay and pension disparities.
Sulzberger’s denial that Abramson was paid less would discredit the earlier report.
“It is simply not true that Jill’s compensation was significantly less than her predecessors,” Sulzberger wrote, as quoted by Politico. “Her pay is comparable to that of earlier executive editors.”
Not only that, but, according to Sulzberger, Abramson’s “total compensation package” for 2013 was 10 percent higher than her male predecessor’s.