NYTimes Managing Editor, Jill Abramson: FIRED !
WHY? Who really knows?
Thank you Jill, I thought you were a great journalist and leader of NYTimes.
I know very well that for most of you the fact that Jill Abramson was suddenly and mysteriously fired from the prestigious NYTimes is completely irrelevant and not even news worthy. However, for this one reader and blogger, I have appreciated her tenure at the helm of the NYTimes. I don’t know her. I have never met her yet I do admire her guts and ‘forceful journalism’.
For those of you who don’t read the NYTimes, you probably don’t care about the paper or its stewardship. I don’t blame you. As someone who has relied on the stories and subtle cues that Jill Abramson revealed to a discerning reader like myself, who even dares to still read the moribund NYTimes Book Section, I found her form of journalism to be quite ballsy and elegant. I don’t really want to go into a specific articles or subjects, but suffice it to say that most of my readers have been inundated by my copious quotes that I have often proffered from any given subject in that paper.
Honestly, as much as I have been in the publishing world [as a ‘paperback writer’], I must admit that I really don’t know how a newspaper really works. In particular, I don’t have the vaguest idea what the job of a Managing Editor is in such a behemoth enterprise as the NYTimes.
Whether Jill was fired for demanding ‘quantum meruit’—as much as deserved, equal pay for equal work —or ‘mismanagement’, whatever that is, I still will continue to respect the journalism that was produced under tenure. The weirdest fact that I remembered about Jill was the last Op Ed piece she wrote about her having been in an untoward car accident; where she, along with her fellow NYTimes Journalists, were ‘run down’ by NYC cars while she was crossing the street….hmmm.
Of course, in this facile world of ‘conspiracy theories’, I, along with some others, could posit that someone had purposefully tried to assassinate her and four of her fellow journalists. I don’t think that she was the object of any car ‘accident’. The reason is simple. Since she wrote that Op Ed piece , I had learned that two personal friends had, within a week’s period, been run down by cars in NYC, at different times and locations.
Ergo Cogito Sum: It’s dangerous to cross the busy streets of NYC.
However, Jill’s exit also brings to my mind the great appreciation that I have for many of the news outlets and reporters who have provided me, unwittingly, with more than enough information to write my various blogs. In particular, I want to reiterate my thanks to Murdoch and his news outlets like—Fox [Roger Ailes] ; NY Post; Wall Street Journal. Next, I would like to congratulate the young reporters at the internet site—Huffpost. I find them extremely knowledgeable about domestic and world affairs. And I enjoy their bon vivant aspects to reporting the news. Last but not least, I want to thank my most important two TV news outlets—Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart. Without their incisive collective wits, I would find the daily news intolerable to digest if not, completely absurd. They have turned absurdity into a form of ‘sanity with a smile’.
Let me not forget CNBC and their endless coverage of the stock market and their collective reportage as to why I and millions of my American compatriots are losing a fortune in the stock market, albeit entertainingly.
At last, I do want to wish Ms. Jill Abramson the best of luck in her future endeavors and if she wants to start her own news outlet, please feel free to reach me at my website.
Adieu! Et, Bonne Chance !!!