- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2018

Jill Abramson, the Harvard lecturer who was famously fired by The New York Times in 2014 after serving three years as executive editor, has issued a scathing criticism of the direction of the paper.

“I fear sounding like a jealous old-timer. I’ve resisted critiquing the place publicly, but this [expletive] is bad,” Ms. Abramson told The Daily Beast.

“I’m feeling about the NYT now like I did when my son cheated on a test in 10th grade,” she added. “I loved him to death, believed he was a thoroughly wonderful young man, but he needed a course correction. So I left my desk at The NYT, where I was D.C. [bureau] chief, met his school bus and read him the riot act. He needed a course correction. … So does the NYT … it’s making horrible mistakes left and right.”

Ms. Abramson cited several examples of why she’s disappointed in her former employer, including its scant coverage of Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez, a 28-year-old socialist who stunned Democrats this week with her upset victory against 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley.

“Kind of pisses me off that @nytimes is still asking Who Is Ocasio-Cortez? when it should have covered her campaign,” Ms. Abramson wrote on Twitter the morning after Ms. Ocasia-Cortez’s win. “Missing her rise akin to not seeing Trump’s win coming in 2016.”

The former editor also criticized the paper’s “crucifying” coverage of Ali Watkins, a Times reporter who engaged in a three-year romantic relationship with indicted Senate Intelligence Committee staffer James Wolfe. 

Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said the paper disagreed with Ms. Abramson’s comments.

“We have enormous respect for Jill and deeply appreciate her passion,” she told The Daily Beast. “Criticism and feedback helps us do better work and we’re always open to it. On these specifics though, we just disagree with Jill.”

Despite this disagreement, the original headline for the article, “Who is Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez?” was later changed online to “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A 28-Year-Old Democratic Giant Slayer,” The Daily Beast reported.

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