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Titanic Rearranges Deck Chairs

May 14th, 2014 - 12:09 pm

“Jill Abramson to exit New York Times,” the Politico reports:

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson announced Wednesday that she will leave the paper, two sources familiar with the news informed POLITICO. Managing editor Dean Baquet will take over as executive editor.

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.”

Baquet’s introduction as executive editor was greeted with a standing ovation in New York. Baquet, a former Washington bureau chief, will be the paper’s first African-American editor.

Baquet has his work cut out for him salvaging the reputation of the Times, as it’s been quite a 21st century leftwing odyssey for the paper.

To recap: Jill Abramson replaced Bill Keller as chief editor in 2011, after he concluded his eight year reign, replacing legendary punitive leftist Howell Raines, he of the Jayson Blair scandal and Augusta golf course obsession. Keller went out declaring Rick Santorum’s Catholicism and Michelle Bachman’s Lutheranism “fervid subsets of evangelical Christianity.”  Abramson came in with a religious slant all her own, famously declaring, ““In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion. If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth.” — only to have that quote airbrushed out of the Times hours later.

As the Gray Lady continues to rearrange the deck chairs while the iceberg looms ever larger, this decade-old futuristic video forecasting the state of the media in 2014 is looking increasingly prescient:

Update: Newsbusters has Abramson’s complete, err, “highlight” reel.

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40 weeks ago
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I just wish the NYT would follow its own dictates (pace Pinch): when a NYT reporter encounters a Tea Partier in flyover country, they're supposed to root for the Tea Partier. After, all it's their county.
41 weeks ago
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On the other hand, for Pinch, being the captain of the Titanic is still OK for him, even as he tosses women (no children yet) first into the icy water with no RMS Carpathia anywhere on the horizon -- i.e., any reporters or readers ready to add the paper's boss to the #waronwomen meme really has no place else to go for the type of long-form daily progressive journalism they want to write or read.

Replacing a woman with an African-American managing editor should also quell any blow-back against the paper by the PC crowd, though if I were Baquet I'd probably be looking over the newsroom crowd right now to figure out which LGBTQ member of the Times' staff is going to replace me a few years down the line, the next time Pinch decides he wants to rearrange the deck chairs.
41 weeks ago
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So I imagine her quote had to be altered to "If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth. Unless they removed it in a later edition."

Sounds Stalinesque. I'm sure that's just a coincidence.
41 weeks ago
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Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic indeed. Sad what the Grey Lady has become. Leftist soapbox rather than a place for serious journalism.
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