Harry Reid Turns on The New York Times in Jill Abramson Controversy

The Democratic leader used the paper typically beloved by the Left to push for pay equity.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) shows a front page story of IED attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq on USA Today during a news conference on the war in Iraq on Capitol Hill July 16, 2007 in Washington, DC.
National Journal
Sarah Mimms
May 15, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

The New York Times found it­self Thursday at the wrong end of Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id’s out­rage.

In clos­ing down the Sen­ate for the week Thursday, Re­id took The Times to task for the fir­ing of Ex­ec­ut­ive Ed­it­or Jill Ab­ramson. Re­id used the pa­per typ­ic­ally be­loved by the Left as an ex­ample of worst prac­tices when it comes to pay equity, a ma­jor le­gis­lat­ive push for Demo­crats this year.

“It ap­peared [at] The New York Times,” Re­id said, while push­ing to close the pay-equal­ity gap between male and fe­male em­ploy­ees. “The wo­man that ran that news­pa­per was fired yes­ter­day. Why? It’s now in the press that be­cause she com­plained she was do­ing the same work as men in two dif­fer­ent jobs and made a lot less money than they did. That’s why we need this le­gis­la­tion.”

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Ab­ramson, the first wo­man to run the Gray Lady, was fired Wed­nes­day after she com­plained to her man­agers that she was be­ing paid less than former Ex­ec­ut­ive Ed­it­or Bill Keller, The New York­er re­por­ted. Ab­ramson also dis­covered that he had made more money as man­aging ed­it­or than she had in the same po­s­i­tion as well.

New York Times Pub­lish­er Ar­thur Sulzber­ger Jr. denied the al­leg­a­tions in a memo to staff. “Com­pens­a­tion played no part what­so­ever in my de­cision that Jill could not re­main as ex­ec­ut­ive ed­it­or. Nor did any dis­cus­sion about com­pens­a­tion,” Sulzber­ger ad­ded.

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