Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Digital Upheaval Surrounding Jill Abramson's Exit From the Times

The single day that has passed since the New York Times announced that Jill Abramson would be replaced as executive editor of the paper by managing editor, Dean Baquet has been filled with speculation and controversy.  Almost immediately the internet was filled with rumors that she had been fired due to gender discrimination.  It has been claimed by multiple sources that she was being paid less than her predecessors and it has in fact been confirmed that she hired an attorney to inquire into the matter.  But as far as accusations that gendered bias against her management style (a style that might have been acceptable in a male editor), only time will tell what the truth was.  While I don't think anyone in this day and age can condone blatant discrimination, we've now reached a point in our growth where it has become difficult to tell a legitimate decision by a business from a biased one.  And while it may be tempting to wonder into the truth of the matter, I can't help but feel it would be more productive to create an environment where women who have suffered from discrimination can come forward and speak their minds without being judged.

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