The executive editor of the New York Times has left and is to be replaced with her second in command. Jill Abramson is not the top cat at the newspaper premises anymore.
Jill Abramson was given the pink slip while her deputy was chosen to fill her spot on the New York Times. Dean Baquet, the managing editor is to become the executive editor soon.
"The New York Times dismissed Jill Abramson as executive editor on Wednesday, replacing her with Dean Baquet, the managing editor, in an abrupt change of leadership," states in in official announcement.
This sudden upheaval in the administration surprised everyone. The head of the paper told a conference room full of reporters and pressmen that the actual reasons behind the decision were some irritant issues in the management.
Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of the paper and the chairman of The New York Times Company, said that he had made the decision because of “an issue with management in the newsroom.”
Jill Abramson had been in her position since the past three years. When Jill Abramson was appointed as executive editor, she called it “the honor of my life.”
“I’ve loved my run at The Times,” Ms. Abramson said at that time. “I got to work with the best journalists in the world doing so much stand-up journalism.”
But she had been engaged in constantly tense situations with the head. And due to her loose temper and manipulative machinations with the rest of the staff, she was deemed unfit to continue to function in the newspaper office.
Recently, Jill had decided to use her powers in office for nepotism purposes as well. This was when everyone rebelled and the head had to put an end to the chaos in the cubicles.
The constant stress and stormy relations had made office life at the New York Times a virtual pandemonium. Things had been building up till the point where everyone was agreed on one point: this woman had to be fired for the good of the group.
The whole matter has been hushed up after the dismissal. Neither the newspaper staff nor Jill Abramson has passed any remarks regarding the SNAFU (situation normal absolutely fouled up).
The replacement for Jill, Baquet, is the lone Black American to be executive editor of the New York Times. And although the fact that Jill has been sacked from her top position is a source of anxiety for many of her friends and family, the rule of order and discipline dictates that anyone who goes against the grain of human nature must be corrected for his or her own good.
Jane Mayer, a journalist at The New Yorker and a friend of Ms. Abramson, said, “I know that Jill cares passionately about great journalism and The New York Times. She works incredibly hard, holds everyone including herself to the highest standards, and is a forceful and fearless advocate. Not everyone is going to like that, but it’s what makes her one of the most talented journalists of our times.”