Dean Baquet, who has replaced Jill Abramson as the executive editor at the NYT, told owner Arthur Sulzberger that Sulzberger had to choose between them. If Sulzberger didn’t fire Abramson, Baquet, the first African American managing editor at the paper, would quit, claiming “humiliation” over the job offer to Janine Gibson, who was going to become co-managing editor for digital.
Sulzberger, knowing he had to face a firestorm over an African American or a woman, decided to fire the woman. He may have rationalized his choice by telling himself that women aren’t really a “minority,” like African Americans. But when it comes to getting jobs like executive editor of the Times, women sure as hell are a minority.