In case you didn’t hear—and if you live outside of the media bubble, there’s really no reason you should have—the New York Times fired its executive editor, Jill Abramson. For us in the bubble, this was amusing enough; many tattoo removal jokes were made yesterday, I can tell you. But the schadenfreude didn’t reach full roar until the New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta uncovered this juicy little nugget:
Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. “She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect. Sulzberger is known to believe that the Times, as a financially beleaguered newspaper, needed to retreat on some of its generous pay and pension benefits; Abramson, who spent much of her career at the Wall Street Journal, had been at the Times for far fewer years than Keller, which accounted for some of the pension disparity. Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the Times, said that Jill Abramson’s total compensation as executive editor “was directly comparable to Bill Keller’s”—though it was not actually the same. I was also told by another friend of Abramson’s that the pay gap with Keller was only closed after she complained.
The New York Times—the flagship rag of the liberal media, the shining beacon on the hill for all other publications to emulate—was paying a woman less than a man to do the same job.
President Obama celebrated “Equal Pay Day” on April 7. The next day, he attended a DNC fundraiser at the Houston home of Steve Mostyn, a fabulously wealthy trial lawyer who has donated millions to Democrats over the years, before leaving for another Democratic fundraiser at the home of multi-millionaire trial lawyer John Eddie Williams Jr. Democrats hoped to raise at least two millions dollars from the events.
New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan (D) celebrated “Equal Pay Day” on Tuesday:
It’s that time of year again. Democrats are promoting ”equal pay for women.” In honor of the occasion, here are a few special instances of liberals highlighting the struggles of working women:
Democrats have begun their annual push for “paycheck fairness” legislation, which is less about achieving an actual policy result than it is about teeing up an issue for Democrats to run on in the midterms.
However, if passed, this legislation would be a financial boon to some of the Democratic Party’s largest and most loyal donors—trial lawyers—by making it easier for employers to sue their employers for discrimination, facilitating the filing of large class-action lawsuits, and making it harder for employers to defend themselves in court.
My must read of the day is “Activists include immigration in ‘war on women’” in Politico.
Former Obama for America deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter appeared on a special web edition of “This Week” with George Stephanopoulus yesterday.
The White House’s Flickr account released this latest picture of President Barack Obama and his top advisers. This is just another reminder that females are underrepresented in Obama’s staff.
A poll released Thursday by Generation Opportunity revealed the depth of young women’s support for free-market policies.