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NYT's Carr on Firing: 'Lack of Decorum Was Stunning'

Column reveals reason for rift between Abramson, Baquet

(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 "... More »

Abramson: I'm Keeping My Times Tattoo

Ousted editor speaks at Wake Forest commencement

(Newser) - Now that she's out at the New York Times, will Jill Abramson remove the tattooed logo of its "T" from her back? "Not a chance," she told students during a Wake Forest University commencement speech, which, Politico notes, was her first public appearance since her firing... More »

NYT Publisher: Abramson 'Could Not Win Back' Colleagues

Arthur Sulzberger Jr blames her for the debacle

(Newser) - Now, it's his turn: New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr responded yesterday to the wave of outrage over the firing of former executive editor Jill Abramson, saying "she had lost support of her masthead colleagues and could not win it back." In a statement, Sulzberger said... More »

Abramson's Firing at NYT Feels Like Sexism

Two female columnists weigh in on her abrupt dismissal

(Newser) - The New York Times didn't just fire Jill Abramson , its top honchos seemed to go out of their way to humiliate her, writes Megan McArdle at Bloomberg . We still don't know why, but the leading theories are that she tried to hire a managing editor without permission and... More »

All the Theories on Why Abramson Got the Boot

Unequal pay? Being 'pushy'? One thing is clear: It was a shock

(Newser) - It's still not officially clear why Jill Abramson got abruptly booted as executive editor of the New York Times, but theories certainly abound:
  • Abramson knew her days were numbered, sources tell Gabriel Sherman at Daily Intelligencer , but everyone was "shocked" at how quickly the end came, says one
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1st Female NY Times Editor Out, 1st Black Editor In

Jill Abramson leaving, Dean Baquet taking over

(Newser) - Jill Abramson is out as executive editor of the New York Times after less than three years on the job, reports Mediaite . She was the first woman to hold the position, and she will be replaced by the first African-American to do so as well—managing editor Dean Baquet takes... More »

Ex-NYT Editor, Wife Question Cancer Blogger, Outrage Ensues

Bill, Emma Keller wrote about Lisa Bonchek Adams

(Newser) - A pair of columns questioning a woman's very public battle with Stage IV breast cancer are lighting up the Internet. Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and his wife, writer Emma Gilbey Keller, both wrote pieces on Lisa Bonchek Adams, who is chronicling her fight via Twitter... More »

Guardian Has Published Just 1% of Snowden Materials: Editor

Alan Rusbridger faces questions over national security

(Newser) - The Guardian has only published about 1% of some 58,000 files leaked by Edward Snowden—and it's unlikely to "publish a huge amount more," says editor Alan Rusbridger. He spoke to a British parliamentary committee as he faces scrutiny over whether the paper had weakened national... More »

NYT, Greenwald Go Mano a Mano—in NYT

Exchange with Bill Keller focuses on objectivity, sideswipes David Brooks

(Newser) - Glenn Greenwald thinks the New York Times is a "nationalistic" source that has printed "quite toxic smears of government critics without any accountability," and you could learn that by reading today's New York Times . Columnist Bill Keller had a very lengthy back-and-forth with Greenwald about... More »

'Syrian' Hackers Force NYT to Use Alternate Website

Group says it's loyal to Bashar al-Assad

(Newser) - A group of hackers that claims loyalty to Syria's Bashar al-Assad seems to have hacked the New York Times, reports PCMag . The newspaper's website went down completely this afternoon, and a Times VP says a "malicious external attack" is likely to blame. Some visitors are seeing a... More »

Guardian, Under Siege, Teams With NYT on Snowden

Two newspapers will collaborate on coverage

(Newser) - The Guardian newspaper is taking so much harassment from the British government over its coverage of the Edward Snowden revelations that it has teamed up with the New York Times, reports Ben Smith at BuzzFeed . One apparent reason: The US has stronger protections of press freedom under the First Amendment.... More »

New York Times Site Back Up After Crash

Newspaper says it wasn't a hack

(Newser) - The New York Times website went dark today for about two hours, but all seems back to normal now. The site went down about 11:10am Eastern, and the newspaper issued a tweet blaming an "internal issue, which we expect to be resolved soon." The site came back... More »

NY Times Boss: We're Not for Sale

Arthur Sulzberger firm following Washington Post purchase

(Newser) - The Washington Post and Boston Globe may be changing hands, but don't expect the same fate for the New York Times , says publisher and chair Arthur Sulzberger Jr. "Will our family seek to sell the Times? The answer to that is no. The Times is not for sale,... More »

Times Reporter Ordered to Testify in Leaks Case

James Risen expected to appeal in case with free-press implications

(Newser) - A reporter for the New York Times has been ordered by an appeals court in Virginia to testify against the man accused of slipping him classified CIA secrets, reports USA Today . James Risen has previously promised to appeal all the way up to the Supreme Court if necessary and to... More »

NYT, AP Boycott Holder's Off-Record Media Powwow

Meeting 'isn't appropriate' as outlets 'aggressively covering' scandal

(Newser) - Eric Holder just wants to talk to reporters, without worrying about any pesky reporting. The attorney general has called an off-the-record meeting with the Washington bureau chiefs of several major media outlets to discuss the Justice Department's handling of leak investigations , but two of the most major—the AP... More »

How Cockroaches Lost Their Sweet Tooth—Fast

Glucose-averse roaches emerged in as few as 5 years: study

(Newser) - We're not so lucky as to have a genetic mutation that keeps us away from sugar—but that's the case with some cockroaches, which scientists reveal have quickly evolved in a way that keeps them away from glucose, a popular ingredient in roach-poison bait. That cockroaches have grown... More »

New York Times Leads Pulitzers With 4 Wins

Adam Johnson takes fiction prize for 'The Orphan Master's Son'

(Newser) - The New York Times flexed its journalistic muscle today with four Pulitzer Prizes, including investigative reports on Apple and Walmart's use of bribery in Mexico, the AP reports. The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel won the public service Pulitzer for coverage of reckless driving by an off-duty police officer. The AP... More »

Associated Press Drops Term 'Illegal Immigrant'

News agency's style guide bans term

(Newser) - From now on, the Associated Press will no longer refer to people living in the country illegally as "illegal immigrants" or "illegals," notes the JimRomenesko blog . The term "illegal immigration" remains in play because, in that case, the word illegal describes an action and not a... More »

New York Times Turns Its Stories Into Haikus

Happy National Poetry Month!

(Newser) - The New York Times is celebrating National Poetry Month with a quirky new Tumblr: Times Haiku . It's exactly what it sounds like: haiku generated from stories posted to the NYT homepage. But, interestingly, it's all automated. So a computer algorithm came up with gems like these:
  • "His
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Forget WikiLeaks: Manning Should Have Gone to NYT

He might have seen more leniency: Bill Keller

(Newser) - Bradley Manning told a military court that he'd tried to contact the New York Times with the host of diplomatic cables that ended up hitting WikiLeaks. Things might have been different if he'd succeeded, speculates Bill Keller in the Times. Private Manning might have benefited: "I suspect... More »

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