New York Times Publisher Goes Into Damage Control Mode After Firing Executive Editor

FILE - MAY 14, 2104: It was reported that New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson announced she will leave the paper May 14, 2014. NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Executive Editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson attends the WIRED Business Conference: Think Bigger at Museum of Jewish Heritage on May 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for WIRED)
Jill Abramson was relieved of her executive editor duties this week at The New York Times, sparking a bit of a controversy.
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Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of The New York Times, most likely expected some backlash this week after he fired Jill Abramson, the newspaper’s now-former executive editor.

But it’s doubtful he expected it to become somewhat of a controversy about gender equality in the workplace.

But it seems like he may not have expected the recent events to surround the controversial topic of gender equality compensation among executives.

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Sulzberger on Saturday issued yet another statement on the growing controversy pointing out, among other things, that neither pay nor gender came into play when determining that Abramson’s “management of the newsroom was simply not working out.”

The memo outlines what went exactly into the decision, including Abramson’s acknowledgment of “issues” that “she agreed to try to overcome,” before ending on a simple, yet forceful note: “Equality is at the core of our beliefs at The Times. It will always be.”

Abramson, 60, was replaced by Dean Baquet, 57, who was the managing editor of the newspaper.

Abramson, who became editor in 2011, was the first woman to hold that top position at the newspaper.