Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day is “Here’s why Democrats’ phony “War on Women” won’t work in 2014,” by Carly Fiorina, on Fox News.

Hugh Jass Burgers: Inside the Lundergan Family Restaurant

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Meet Jerry Lundergan: father of Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, former chairman of the state Democratic Party, and loyal subject of the Clinton empire. With his “political ties, his flair for the dramatic and his deep-pocketed friends,” Lundergan is widely viewed as an asset to his daughter’s campaign. Here he is with a (relatively) younger Hillary Clinton in 2005:

The New York Times Was for Wage Equality Before It Was Against It

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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.