DART to Politico for Dylan Byers’s piece (“Turbulence at the Times”) about New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson and her alleged unpopularity in the newsroom. Whatever truth the story may contain was overshadowed by the rote sexism that ran throughout. The first female executive editor in the paper’s history was accused of being “impossible,” “unreasonable,” “stubborn,” “condescending,” “brusque,” and “not approachable.” Her male managing editor, by contrast, was “recalled fondly” for punching a hole in a wall. (He also was quoted as saying that the criticism of Abramson unfairly characterizes her as a stereotypical “bitchy woman.”) The story came out less than two weeks after the Times, under Abramson’s “unreasonable” leadership, won four Pulitzers. Byers didn’t produce much to indicate she was doing anything wrong beyond not being the mother figure his anonymous sources want, or need.
DART to Gawker, which broke the story that the mayor of Toronto allegedly has a crack problem, but then sullied that good work by offering to pay a drug dealer $200,000 for access to a video that purports to show the mayor smoking crack; then asking readers to help pay the drug dealer via a “Crackstarter” campaign; then, after collecting the money, informing everyone that the drug dealer was refusing to sell the video. Sure, Gawker told readers along the way it was having doubts that it would be able to get the video even if the money was raised; and yes, Gawker has promised to donate the money to a substance-abuse charity. Call us old-fashioned, but it’s hard to see how that end justifies those means.
LAUREL to The Guardian’s US edition, which landed a doozy of a first scoop with Glenn Greenwald’s report that the National Security Agency has been collecting telephone records from millions of Verizon customers without cause or consent. (Which suggests a DART for the Obama administration for its perverse version of transparency and press freedom.)