August 7, 2013
Imagine a profile of one of Abramson’s predecessors, Howell Raines, who like Abramson was the target of vicious criticism within the Times newsroom (and who was ousted after the Jayson Blair scandal).
Imagine Raines confessing, during the course of a generally sympathetic profile, that this was his reaction to previous backbiting: “I cried.” Does anyone really think that would yield less chatter than the Abramson quote?
To be sure, there is one thing it would not produce: a blog post from the acting director of the Labor Department Men’s Bureau. Believe it or not, there is no such office.
That is an outrageous injustice that cries out for redress. There are only two possible remedies. This column favors the fiscally responsible solution: abolishing the Women’s Bureau. The alternative would at least double our supply of comic material, but everyone has to make sacrifices.