July 11, 2015
THE NEW YORK TIMES QUIETLY BREAKS OUT THE AIRBRUSHES:
NYT changed Ellen Pao quitting from “disagreement with board” to “mutual agreement with board.” No notification. http://t.co/jUDHwfvg0O
— Joe Colangelo (@Itsjoeco) July 11, 2015
And many more revisions beyond that:
— Kevin W. Glass (@KevinWGlass) July 11, 2015
As Ann Althouse writes, “I know, you’re going to say, why are you surprised? It’s the New York Times. Why do you even read it? But put the usual reflexive retorts aside for a moment and take a look at how bad this example is. It’s a news report, not an opinion piece, and it assumes, over and over, that Pao is the victim of sexism (even though her downfall had to do with her involvement in the firing of another woman).”
UPDATE: Background on Pao’s resignation here, for those coming in cold to the story:
Pao told media outlets that she was not fired, calling her departure a mutual decision because she disagreed with the Reddit Board about the site’s growth potential. But in a sarcastic parting shot at her critics, Pao told the Wall Street Journal that she won’t miss the constant criticism of her within Reddit’s user community, which dogged her throughout her unsuccessful sexual discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins and continued to grow over her involvement in the site.
Read the whole thing.