Jill Abramson: Politico piece was ‘shoddy,’ ‘nutty’

In the keynote talk at the Journalism & Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project in Essex, Vt., Saturday, New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson talked about the reaction of women journalists to an April Politico piece that said she was “on the verge of losing the support of the newsroom.”

It was thrilling,” Abramson said about the people who came to her defense, “like a prairie fire among, like, other women journalists who just, like, saw this thing as, like, a shoddy, sexist, you know, ad feminem attack on me.”

I’m not saying I’m perfect, I’m not saying I’m not stubborn. The story seemed to revolve around this silly fight that Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the Times, and I had had one day. But, like, who doesn’t occasionally have, you know, spats with coworkers. And, you know, this one blew over in less than a day, as most do, and, you know, it was just kind of a nutty piece.

Susan Hogan took that video, and another where Abramson spoke about the future of newspapering, describing herself as an “optimist.” She said she thought “being a journalist was like having a passport to get to talk to the most interesting people you could imagine.”

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