“Brusque” and “polarizing”


Jill Abramson, the New York Times’ first female executive editor, was let go yesterday. This is a big deal in the media world and speaks to the larger issue of females in male-dominated industries. Abramson was reportedly criticized for her management style and was allegedly not paid as much as her predecessor. This is a good blog post about the situation.

5 thoughts on ““Brusque” and “polarizing”

  1. Nice article in The Slate, though it’s confusing, especially as it tucks in at the end ‘And we don’t yet know exactly what led to Abramson’s firing; it’s possible that she is legitimately to blame. But regardless of her idiosyncrasies and her faults…’, which should have been at the beginning. In between, it gives the impression that she is not to blame. I’m also getting leery of certain terms: ‘many’ is not most, but we do not have any idea of what many is, and it could really be a few, but it sounds like a lot. So, how do we weigh the views of this unknown ‘many’?

    From what I have read, Abramson was a bad manager, so maybe it was her time to go. Her successor, a black executive, will carve a new path. Better or worse, time will tell.

    • I agree with you- the article is still confusing. I don’t think we’ll ever know the full story, unless Abramson talks. What bothers me is that a man would not come under such scrutiny laced with doubt and skepticism. And many is a confusing term, so true! It is a journalist’s way of getting around not know the full story, I think. I have heard good things about Baquet (one of my professors knew him) so I think this is a promising appointment.

      • I don’t go with the ‘if it were a man’ arguments; it’s hypothetical and we’ve plenty of evidence of such treatment of male management–look at sports for the most consistently critical.

      • I agree to a certain extent, but the quality and level of extreme scrutiny of one’s character is just not the same for men. With men, it is usually just taken for granted that they are fit for the job. With women, from the beginning, there is a subtle doubt of her character, examination of her family life, her appearance, and a more skeptical attitude that men are not automatically subject to.

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