July 14, 2015

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM? “Get me rewrite! The New York Times’s initial story on the departure of interim chief executive Ellen Pao from social media community Reddit lacked egregious bias… Amid widespread mockery of the second version’s opinionated tone, the paper then published yet a third version pulling back from some of its friskier social justice pronouncements.”

And along the way, the Times conveniently forgets its own recent history: “In an ostensibly straight news article which makes Glenn Beck’s The Blaze look like a paragon of objectivity, The New York Times repeatedly presents the ouster of former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao as a case of rampant Silicon Valley sexism — even though the newspaper treated a female executive the same way just last year.”

That female executive was of course former Times editor Jill Abramson, whose “mistake was to express unhappiness after learning that she was receiving considerably lower compensation than the man she replaced — Bill Keller — had received for the same work. Also, other employees at the Times found her difficult and hard-charging. And she once tried to hire an editor without consulting ownership. The ouster of Abramson involved were all kinds of furtive meetings (at fancy restaurants) among Times management. There was much backstabbing.”

That happens when a newspaper is run by over-aged high school kids. When Abramson first landed her gig as editor of the Times in 2011, she sent out a sophomorically over-the-top announcement that gushed, “In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion. If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth.”

Only to have — but of course! — that quote airbrushed out hours later, a trend that accelerated rapidly under her watch and shows no sign of ending long after she was pushed out.

But then, as Glenn noted yesterday, after the Gray Lady was caught airbrushing Ted Cruz off their bestseller list out of partisan spite, “The Times is run by Social Justice Warrior types, and Social Justice Warrior types always lie.”

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