Late last year, Politico published a lengthy profile of New York Times editor Jill Abramson, the first female editor in the paper's history. The piece was about widespread discontentment in the newsroom — not based on Abramson's actual performance as editor (some called her "incredible"), but based on what staffers alleged about her chilly "temperament." Over the course of the feature, employees—many of them anonymous—and the author called the editor "brusque," "difficult," "condescending," "stubborn," and "impossible" (violations for which powerful men are rarely called out). But it wasn't just her pushy attitude, it was her voice too: it sound like like a "nasal car honk" (God forbid!). All of this, as I wrote at the time, caused Times staffers to conclude that the storied newspaper was "leaderless."
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