Jill Abramson, the New York Times executive editor who was abruptly fired months ago — has officially begun her redemption tour. Not that she needs to be redeemed — if anything, we’d say she came out looking much better than the Times did after all the dust settled.
However, in her first interview (nice get, Cosmopolitan) since being cut by the paper of record, Abramson explained why, exactly, she’s speaking out. It’s for the kids, dammit.
“Is it hard to say I was fired? No. I’ve said it about 20 times, and it’s not,” Abramson told Cosmo. “I was in fact insistent that that be publicly clear because I was not ashamed of that. And I don’t think young women — it’s hard, I know — they should not feel stigmatized if they are fired.”
Abramson added that she didn’t regret admitting that she cried after Politico published a piece bashing her management style, because young women need to understand that it’s okay to be, well, to be yourself.
“The reason I wanted to do this interview is that I think it is important to try to speak very candidly to young women,” she explained. “The most important advice I would still give — and it may seem crazy because I did lose this job I really loved — you have to be an authentic person. I did cry. That is my authentic first reaction. I don’t regret sharing that.”
FishbowlNY certainly loves her honesty. The best part of this interview is that it’s just the beginning. She’s speaking with Greta Van Susteren tonight and Katie Couric on Thursday. Unlike the Times, we say the more Abramson the better.
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