Yesterday’s announcement that The New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was leaving the Grey Lady to be replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet came as a big surprise to all who don’t work in the NYT newsroom. The politics behind the move have unraveled at a record pace since then.
Unfortunately, the more we learn about it, the more we can guarantee that the story won’t end well for the paper of record. The biggest reveal to date came courtesy of Ken Auletta at The New Yorker: seems that Abramson didn’t just make less money than the men who preceded her–she made less than her own deputy.
10. I can now report that I have independently confirmed that Abramson did indeed challenge corporate brass over what she saw as unequal pay
— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) May 14, 2014
The issue: how did the Times so completely lose control of this story?