NYT publisher defends removal of top editor: not sexism, she was just no good

Former NYT executive editor Jill Abramson

NEW YORK — New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. provided a fresh defence Saturday of his removal of executive editor Jill Abramson, saying it had nothing to do with his company’s treatment of women but with Abramson’s management style.

She was the paper’s first female executive editor. The Times replaced Abramson, 60, on Wednesday and promoted managing editor Dean Baquet, 57, to executive editor.

“During her tenure, I heard repeatedly from her newsroom colleagues, women and men, about a series of issues, including arbitrary decision-making, a failure to consult and bring colleagues with her, inadequate communication and the public mistreatment of colleagues,” Sulzberger, who also chairs the Times parent company, said in a statement.

“The saddest outcome” of the decision, he said, is that many have cast it as an example of unequal treatment of women. He denied that Abramson’s compensation package was less than her predecessor’s. Abramson was named executive editor in September 2011, replacing Bill Keller.