NYT's Carr on Firing: 'Lack of Decorum Was Stunning'
Column reveals reason for rift between Abramson, Baquet
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 19, 2014 12:37 PM CDT
Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, speaks at the commencement ceremony at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, May 19, 2014.   (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

(Newser) – Pity David Carr; it can't be easy to write a media column on the New York Times firing Jill Abramson ... for the New York Times. But that's what Carr did today, and it's illuminating, revealing a possible reason for the ouster. The firing was the most "surreal" moment of his Gray Lady tenure, Carr writes. When Arthur Sulzberger Jr announced it, "we all just looked at one another. How did our workplace suddenly become a particularly bloody episode of Game of Thrones? … The lack of decorum was stunning."

But while Carr liked Abramson, he says that "senior people in the newsroom, some of them women," confirm Sulzberger's accusation that she had "lost the support of her masthead." And Carr reveals what prompted Sulzberger's move: Abramson tried to hire a co-managing editor for the Times' digital endeavors without consulting managing editor Dean Baquet. An incensed Baquet went to Sulzberger threatening to quit, and Sulzberger intervened. Now Baquet's getting Abramson's job. "Almost anybody at the Times will tell you that Dean will make a great leader," Carr writes. "But the sense of pride that we should all feel at his ascension ... has been overwhelmed by the messiness surrounding it." Click for his full column.

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May 20, 2014 5:21 PM CDT
May 19, 2014 2:27 PM CDT
The last desperate gasps of an industry figurehead in a dying, useless medium of a bygone era. Count your money and go away, you hag.
May 19, 2014 2:00 PM CDT
WHERE are all the Liberal asswipes who routinely demean women (no matter their political beliefs) who disagree with their precious beliefs or programs by viciously calling them ugly, to put it mildly. Here is a woman who is perfect for all manner of insults about her appearance by the usual suspects and yet all we hear is silence. I don't remember who said this first, but they hit the nail perfectly on the head: Feminism - movement to force the inclusion of ugly / fat (Liberal) women into American society. It's okay to be butt-ugly, ignorant and even a criminal so long as you believe in, or just pay lip service to, cherished Liberal beliefs. God but you people are hypocritical jackasses. The double standard you maintain is so hilariously evident here.