Hackers reveal how New York Times’ Maureen Dowd promised to make her friend and Sony chairman Amy Pascal ‘look great’ in article that ‘impressed’ staff back at Sony

New emails released early Friday in the Sony hack reveal a shocking incident of nepotism between Sony Chair Amy Pascal, her husband and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.

In a column Dowd was writing about women in Hollywood shortly after the 2014 Academy Awards, citing the box office success of female-fronted films such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Gravity, Frozen and The Heat, she asked to interview Pascal, the only female head of a major studio.

Pascal however is shown to be hesitant in emails exchanged between herself and husband Bernie Weinraub, until Weinraub reveals that he will be seeing the column before it is published and Dowd assures Pascal she will look ‘great’ in the article.

The end result is a Times piece that makes Pascal look incredible, a woman who has had huge Hollywood hits but also worked to change the film industry’s sexist attitudes as the Sony exec goes so far as to call out the ‘paltry’ amount of money women in the business get – this despite the fact that at $3 million a year she is the highest paid employee at Sony…

For some strange reason, I am not shocked!