There is speculation tonight whether or not a dispute over salary inequities eventually led to the firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson.
On Wednesday, Jill Abramson was ousted as executive editor of The New York Times, a job she held for three years. She was replaced by Dean Baquet, the managing editor, in what The Times even referred to as an abrupt change of leadership. Rumors are bubbling that Abramson was forced out when she found out she was paid less than her predecessor, Bill Keller, and started asking questions. In an article for The New Yorker, Ken Auletta writes that Abramson was essentially punished for confronting the paper's "top brass, " including publisher Arthur Sulzberger, over the salary issue: