New York Times' Top Editor's Firing Sparks Debate

Some ask if sexism was behind the dismissal of the first woman to hold the executive editor position.
2:38 | 05/16/14

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turmoil at "The New York times." The top editor, the first woman with the job, fired after less than three years, sparking an instant debate. Was sexism behind her sudden pink slip? Claire shipman here with the story. Reporter: What a story, indeed. The central question seems to be whether she was held to standards that some are not. Some reported that bosses and underlings found her too pushy, can which we know can be a loaded term. Debate has ignited about one of the most powerful women in the media world was sexism. Her daughter even weighing in, offering this picture of her mom on instagram, calling it her new hobby. "The times," in a memo to the staff, brushed to squelch the session that Abramson was let go because she was paid less than bosses for years. It is simply not true that Jill's compensation was less than her predecessors. The only reason for the region was some aspects of our newsroom. But other reporters, including one from "The new Yorker," suggested that she was paid less and frustrated. Had hired a lawyer to help her. A move "The times" found aggressive. In the 2 1/2 years she was at "The times," the stock price at the paper almost doubled, digital readership increased and she gathered eight pulitzer prizes. But still some suggest her management style was the issue. And that has some crying double-standard. There's a perception that you don't want to work for a pushy, brusque woman. But when you work for a man, you almost assume that there will be a certain amount of power and aggression behind his leadership. Reporter: In an interview with Charlie rose, she admitted that her publisher had discussed her management style with her. He said, good, Jill. Delighted and engaged and wants to talk about a great story. And bad Jill is -- Bad Jill could interrupt and be bad. Reporter: Now, her successor will also make history. He's the first african-american to run "The times." I can tell you after talking to a lot of women at the paper, many are upset. A young woman told me, I don't know how to behave there anymore. And the veterans are saying, we had a lot of tough, crotchety mail editors. And they kept their jobs. Reporter: She was displaying confidence in asking for more money. Thanks, Claire shipman.

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