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Things In Politico That Will Make Charles Pierce Want to Mainline Antifreeze, Egregious Sexism Edition

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Shorter Dylan Byers: “Dean Baquet punching a wall proves that Jill Abramson is too flighty and hot-tempered to be a boss.  A chick in a position of authority is unnatural, as anyone not brainwashed by the air-breathing urban elite would know.   And to think that if there were a couple paragraphs in my piece about how Abramson is totally hawt I’d be the bad guy!”

…the story in memes.

…Hanna Rosin has more.

…I give the final word to Ann Friedman, who’s so elitist she probably drinks coffee and uses fancy so-called “Dijon” mustard:

She is not a naturally charismatic person, not approachable, tough as nails. He is direct.

She is brusque, blunt, and dismissive. He does not like to waste time.

She is uncaring, unable to march forward or provide reassurance, and doesn’t make people feel good. He is not your mommy.

She is condescending. He is the boss.

 

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  • L2P

    They should have just titled that article “Uppity Bitch Disagrees with Male Employees. What’s She Thinking? And Where’s My Sandwich?”

    • Anonymous

      In this context, I believe the correct spelling is sammich not sandwich

  • sharculese

    Well he is just an all-purpose cretin, now isn’t he?

    • Funkhauser

      You’re referring to Byers? The answer is yes.

      • CaptBackslap

        Wasn’t he the same guy who thought Nate Silver would be forever discredited if Romney won, because 20% probability rounds off to zero?

        • JKTHs

          He wasn’t alone in that though.

        • sharculese

          He also claimed Nate Silver was totally discredited because he said the 49ers were more likely than not to win the Super Bowl, assuming certain things happened.

          • CaptBackslap

            I’m guessing that one of the assumptions was “the officials won’t ignore two consecutive obvious penalties in the most critical situation possible.”

            • sharculese

              It was something like ‘the 49ers probably have a better chance unless special teams play a critical role in which case maybe the Ravens can win’

              • JKTHs

                Haha silly Silver, special teams didn’t play a….

                Wait, what?

        • Funkhauser

          Byers was also the writer who whined that he wanted the Boston Bombers caught now, and why couldn’t they just hurry it up, investigative police work is so boring!

        • Anonymous

          And that Silver is popular among the “coffee drinking” set.

    • Jay Schiavone

      Hardly “all-purpose.” He can barely perform his sole task.

  • As I have learned to do at Sadly, No! I will take your word for it.

    • sharculese

      Link is to people on twitter bashing the Byers piece.

      • Oh my sainted pants. OK, only one of three things are going on here.

        1. Politico is such a sorry piece of shit that dickface honestly has no idea how things work in a real newsroom, therefore the idea of any editor being less than sweet to a reporter was so distressing to dickface he thought it warranted a story.

        2. Politico operates like every other information disseminating organization on the planet and dickface regularly comes up against a superior who isn’t always sweetness and and light (if ever). Therefore carping about a female editor’s less than sweetness and lightness is rank sexism.

        3. Politico is a sorry piece of shit, dickface has no idea how things work in a newsroom and he and his editor are both filthy sexist swine, which is the only way the article made it past the budget phase so I vote Door #3.

        • commie atheist

          If you read the actual Politico piece (I only got through the first page), the guy who punched the wall even pushes back against the characterization of Abramson. The follow-up by Byers is priceless:

          “I think there’s a really easy caricature that some people have bought into, of the bitchy woman character and the guy who is sort of calmer,” he said. “That, I think, is a little bit of an unfair caricature.”

          Caricature or portrait, such feelings are starting to drain morale in a newsroom that is already anxious about the changing nature of the media industry and scarred by the recent round of buyouts, which saw the departure or reassignment of many high-level editors.

          Emphasis mine.

          • Jebus. He’s not even bothering to be coy about it, is he? Did Abramson personally reject his application to the Times or something?

            • Reject his application?

              Why sir, the shameless termagant took the job that is rightfully his!

  • After Punch and Pinch, how anybody not named “Sulzberger” could be in a position of authority at the Times and not be loved by the masses is beyond me.

    • Also, I think I just achieved the triple-backwards negative.

  • JKTHs

    With notably rare exceptions, Dylan Byers is an outstanding writer.

    • sparks

      Well, egregious is also considered outstanding, in a different way.

    • Bruce Vail

      Not sure about the outstanding writer part, but Byers is getting a bum rap here. Story seemed perfectly fine to me.

      • Scott Lemieux

        What did you like most about it — the utter lack of substantive content (is the quality of the paper declining? Are top staffers leaving? As Byers concedes, the answer is no!)? Or the sexist assumptions?

  • rodnchance

    I don’t know about punching holes in wall, but anyone that has ever had to listen to her voice for more than 60 seconds would certainly be climbing the walls.

    • demz taters

      So if you don’t like the tone of her voice, disrespect is warranted. Funny, I never hear this kind of thing about men.

      • Ed

        Abramson has a nasal whiny drawl that would be irksome coming from anyone. She was on Charlie Rose recently promoting her doggie book and I had to switch it off halfway through. Her voice is not relevant to her stewardship of the Times newsroom, obviously, but it must be particularly grating listening for a captive audience. Not surprised it got mentioned.

        The Rosin piece more or less concedes that the Politico article wasn’t far off the mark. It is certainly true that as a rule women in power take more heat for this kind of jerkiness than men do.

        I’m pleased to hear that Abramson sends Rosin nice notes.

    • bspencer

      And no men anywhere have annoying voices. This must be why I imagine all the heroes in my romance novels sounding like Gilbert Godfrey.

      • William Berry

        Are Gilbert Godfrey and Gilbert Gottfried two different people?

        If so, they do have really annoying voices. For guys, I mean!

        Joking.

  • rodnchance

    I don’t know about punching holes in walls, but anyone that has ever had to listen to her voice for more than 60 seconds would certainly be climbing the walls.

  • jjcomet

    It may seem hard to believe, but the comments are even worse than the story. What a bunch of mouth-breathing cretins inhabit that site. With that kind of readership, why should Politico bother publishing anything that’s not complete horseshit?

    • sharculese

      With that kind of readership, why should Politico bother publishing anything that’s not complete horseshit?

      They generally don’t.

    • Having once been to Politico’s comments section, it would not surprise me to learn those critters are calling for the ritual torture of the First Daughters.

      Now, Politico’s crappiness extends back to its paper days, but I think there is an argument that like the GOP, Politico is laboring under the delusion that it should be pitching to the shit flingers because look! The shit flingers are best at flinging shit!

  • Anonymous

    Politico would be more tolerable and less vapid if it just delivered all of its content via internet memes.

    • Halloween Jack

      Politico would be more tolerable and less vapid if it just delivered all of its content via internet memesshut down.

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  • CJColucci

    Two words: Abe Rosenthal. Usually better known as “A.M.”

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