May 25th, 2014
01:56 PM ET

Long-term damage at The New York Times?

Above, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik and Vanity Fair contributing editor Sarah Ellison weigh in on whether New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger has done long-term damage to his newspaper by mismanaging Jill Abramson’s departure.

Ellison is the only reporter to have interviewed Sulzberger since the P.R. disaster. Here's some of what she said on the show:

ELLISON: One of the things that Arthur mentioned is that he had gotten very, very supportive messages from his family throughout this. And I think one of the things that's interesting is the more that he is under siege, the more the family rallies around from him. He got beautiful messages and one that morning that we spoke had sort of brought tears to his eyes because they were so supportive and really standing with him. I do -

STELTER: That matters because the paper is one of the only family-owned papers left and if this family starts to fray, it could be sold.

ELLISON: I mean, this is - they are sort of the last ones standing. And so I think it is a really important question right now - there don't seem to be divisions that we've seen in other newspaper families - but I think that what we're going to continue to talk about are two things... One is this conversation about women and leadership, which is really what has sort of been ignited by this.


ELLISON: And then the second one is the long-term future of The Times. I think they have weathered this past week or so and made it out of this part of it, but I do think the questions about leadership and the family will continue.

Filed under: New York Times • Reliable Sources
Abramson breaks silence about NYT firing
May 19th, 2014
02:25 PM ET

Abramson breaks silence about NYT firing

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Jill Abramson, who was fired as executive editor of The New York Times last week, doesn't know what she'll do next. But she knows she won't be getting her tattoo of the newspaper's logo removed.

Abramson spoke for the first time about her abrupt dismissal during a commencement address at Wake Forest University Monday morning.

She joked about the timing of the address. "I think the only real news here today is your graduation from this great university!" she told the graduates. She then spoke at length about the topic of resilience, citing her own experiences at The New York Times.

Abramson did not speak an ill word about The New York Times or its publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., who forced her out after fewer than three years as executive editor. She praised the newspaper and said "it was the honor of my life to lead the newsroom."


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May 18th, 2014
01:21 PM ET

Ken Auletta on the New York Times shakeup

The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta discusses his reporting on the firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson.

Filed under: Blog • New York Times • Reliable Sources
May 18th, 2014
01:20 PM ET

NYTimes firing puts microscope on news industry's gender issues

Dylan Byers, Rebecca Traister, Lisa Belkin, and Brian Stelter assess the fallout from Jill Abramson’s firing and what the future holds for The New York Times.

Filed under: Blog • New York Times • Reliable Sources
Why did the New York Times really sack its editor?
May 15th, 2014
06:18 PM ET

Why did the New York Times really sack its editor?

By Brian Stelter

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - As a media reporter for the New York Times, I was acutely aware that executive editor Jill Abramson favored what she called "the story behind the story."

Articles that revealed what was really happening behind the scenes, beyond the on-the-record pleasantries of politics and corporate life, were rewarded with kudos from Abramson and front page placement.

You know where I'm going with this.

Today the news media world is collectively asking for the story behind the story of Abramson's sudden dismissal on Wednesday.

Abramson and the publisher of the Times, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., have not answered. But Sulzberger's decision to replace Abramson with her deputy, Dean Baquet, has been infused with meaning anyway, by anonymously-sourced stories, terse statements and outlandish claims.

I left the Times about six months ago. In all the coverage of Abramson's ouster, this quote, from New York magazine's account of what went wrong, rings truest: "It was just a lot of accumulated backbiting."

You can read Brian's full story here

Filed under: Blog • New York Times
Top editor at the New York Times is leaving
May 14th, 2014
03:50 PM ET

Top editor at the New York Times is leaving

By Brian Stelter, CNN

In a move that stunned the media world, the New York Times announced Wednesday that it was replacing executive editor Jill Abramson with her No. 2 in the newsroom, Dean Baquet.

Abramson was named executive editor about three years ago. New York Times (NYT)publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. told employees at a staff meeting that he chose a new editor "because I believe that new leadership will improve some aspects of the management of the newsroom," according to his prepared remarks, which were provided by a spokeswoman.

Sulzberger went on to say, "You will understand that there is nothing more I am going to say about this, but I want to assure all of you that there is nothing more at issue here."

The spokeswoman confirmed that Abramson will not remain at the newspaper. Baquet, who has been Abramson's deputy since 2011, will become executive editor immediately.


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February 9th, 2014
01:04 PM ET

Publishing the Dylan Farrow letter

Should the New York Times have published Farrow’s letter reiterating child molestation accusations against Woody Allen? Dylan Byers, Robin Abcarian and Brian Stelter discuss.

Filed under: Blog • Dylan Farrow • New York Times • Woody Allen
January 19th, 2014
12:50 PM ET

Making a documentary

Documentary filmmaker Andrew Rossi talks to Brian Stelter, who featured prominently in his New York Times documentary “Page One,” about the craft of filming documentary subjects.

Filed under: Andrew Rossi • Blog • documentary • New York Times • Reliable Sources • Sundance
January 19th, 2014
12:49 PM ET

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Full interview with Andrew Rossi

Brian Stelter interviews Greg Whiteley, director of the new  documentary "Ivory Tower." The film was financed by CNN.


Filed under: Andrew Rossi • documentary • Ivory Tower • New York Times • Page One • Reliable Sources • Sundance
January 5th, 2014
01:25 PM ET

Benghazi report sparks partisan outcry (again)

Sally Kohn, Dylan Byers, Thomas Joscelyn and Brian Stelter on last week’s in-depth New York Times report on the Benghazi attack and the pushback against its findings by conservative media.

Filed under: Benghazi • Blog • Fox News • New York Times • Reliable Sources
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