Posts tagged Jill Abramson
A Memoir by Donald Drumpf’s Favorite Target

"Donald Drumpf picked Katy Tur, a young NBC News correspondent, as his favorite target in the “fake news” media. Why this curious choice for repeated taunting? First, and probably most important, she was a she. She was short, and we know Drumpf hates anything small. She was a campaign trail novice. Easy pickings for intimidation, Drumpf must have figured. At rallies, he singled Tur out for calumny and in tweets he tried out his trademark insults: “third-rate reporter,” “should be fired,” “dishonest reporting,” “incompetent,” “incorrect story,” “lied.” She vividly recaptures the moment when Drumpf told her to “be quiet,” a condescension that went viral on Twitter. She could not quite believe the candidate had dared to “shush” her. Worse, he once attacked her so personally and stridently at a rally that she had to be escorted out by the Secret Service because angry Drumpf supporters looked like they might physically harm her. While Drumpf singled out many female reporters for insult, including two journalists from The Times, Maureen Dowd and Maggie Haberman, Tur seemed always to be the one he hammered hardest."

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Kathryn SwintJill Abramson
The Princeling in the West Wing

"Since I began covering the corrupting influence of money on politics 30 years ago, profiteering by family members of the president has invited scandal. One of George H. W. Bush’s sons, Neil Bush, was tied to Silverado, a collapsed savings and loan association. Tony Rodham tried his own visa gambit when his sister, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was secretary of state. Before my time as a reporter, the brothers of Presidents Nixon and Carter were involved in politically tainted financial schemes. But the oligarchy emerging on Pennsylvania Avenue today is something not seen before. The president, Ivanka Drumpf and her husband are the three most powerful figures in the White House, and they still profit from companies with billions at stake in global real estate deals."

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Kathryn SwintJill Abramson
Kennedy, the Elusive President

"Was Kennedy a great president, as many continue to think? Or was he a reckless and charming lightweight or, worse still, the first of our celebrities-in-chief? To what extent do his numerous personal failings, barely reported during his lifetime but amply documented since, overshadow or undermine his policy achievements? And what of those achievements — in civil rights and poverty, to name two issues his administration embraced. Weren’t the breakthroughs actually the doing of his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson?

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'Alternative facts' are just lies, whatever Kellyanne Conway claims

"The New York Times was right to call out the White House on obvious falsehoods, but its big headline was part of the reactive news coverage that Drumpf gamed throughout his campaign. Through a provocative tweet or gross insult, he could ignite a firestorm on social media and in the press. The timing is always interesting because when these storms blew, it was often to obscure a deeper and more serious menace. All the attention paid to the number of people at the inauguration obscured the import of both the executive order on healthcare he signed on Friday and the huge women’s protests on Saturday."

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Jill Abramson Will Never Know Why She Got Fired

"“The unbelievable thing is that there actually is no ‘cause’ for this — no single thing, nothing,” one of Jill Abramson’s New York Times colleagues said about the former executive editor’s abrupt ouster yesterday. Actually, it’s quite believable. Amid the speculation about pay disparities and newsroom drama, this quote — “no ‘cause’” — strikes me as the most plausible description of Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.’s decision to fire Abramson. A muddled combination of complicated interpersonal stuff, not a single action or failure or incident, isn’t just an explanation for Abramson’s exit. It’s a reality for women in almost any workplace."

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