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The New York Times Isn’t Trying to Woo Back Atlantic Editor James Bennet

The New York Times editor Jill Abramson met with James Bennet, the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, but he denied that she was trying to woo him back to the paper where he spent 15 years.

The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone heard from unnamed sources that Abramson wanted to gauge Bennet’s interest in returning to the Times, possibly to replace Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren.

Bennet did not immediately respond to an email from FishbowlNY requesting comment.

But he did respond to Calderone, saying he’d rather be left “out of one of these toxic Times gossip stories.”

“You and your sources have me: I met with Jill! Who is an old friend, and a brilliant editor,” Bennet said in an email. “I hope someday to meet with her again. And I have met at times with other people at the NYT, as I meet with people in media all the time who are serious, like us, about doing and sustaining great journalism. It’s useful to compare notes. But they didn’t, and they haven’t, offered me any job. And now I’m going to get back to doing the job that I love.”

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