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New York Times and former editor speak about dismissal

Jill Abramson

Both parties have broken their silence about the removal of Jill Abramson as executive editor of the New York Times.

After initial reports that Abramson was fired because she spoke out about being paid less than her male predecessor, the publisher of the New York Times spoke publicly about her dismissal.

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement on Saturday that Abramson’s “pay package,” including salary and stock options, was comparable with Bill Keller’s, who held the job before Abramson. Her dismissal was a result of her management style, Sulzberger said.

Sulzberger said he warned Abramson that she would lose the trust of the newsroom if she did not improve her management.

“Jill is an outstanding journalist and editor, but with great regret, I concluded that her management of the newsroom was simply not working out,” Sulzberger said.

Abramson spoke at a commencement address at Wake Forest University Monday morning. She mentioned her experiences at the New York Times but said nothing negative about the paper.

“You know the sting of losing. Or not getting something you badly want. When that happens, show what you are made of,” Abramson said to graduates.