Ex-editor Jill Abramson: The ‘narcissistic’ NYT is making ‘horrible mistakes,’ needs a ‘course correction’

Ex-editor Jill Abramson: The ‘narcissistic’ NYT is making ‘horrible mistakes,’ needs a ‘course correction’

[Ed. – She’s right, though the paper is making mistakes far more egregious than the ones troubling Abramson.]

It may not have been the tweet heard ’round the world, but it was certainly heard—like a thunderclap—at The New York Times’ headquarters at 620 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan.

“Kind of pisses me off that @ nytimes is still asking Who Is Ocasio-Cortez? when it should have covered her campaign,” Jill Abramson erupted on Twitter on Wednesday morning—a biting reference to the newspaper’s original headline concerning the 28-year-old socialist’s shocking Democratic primary upset, a landslide actually, over incumbent Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District.

Indeed, a quick review of the Times’ coverage of the primary race turned up a scant mention of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a single news story prior to Election Night, and a few name-checks in editorials—one of which, published in the June 20 print edition, noted that she’s “a challenger [Crowley] is heavily favored to beat.”

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“Missing her rise [is] akin to not seeing Trump’s win coming in 2016,” Abramson added in her tweet—an even more biting reference to the Times’ self-acknowledged failings in the paper’s reporting of the presidential campaign.

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