The former executive editor of The New York Times has harsh words for the paper, according to a report by The New York Post. Jill Abramson, who was ousted in 2014, “blasted the Gray Lady Thursday for what she said was its cluelessness in tracking the upset victory that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off over 10-term incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley,” The Post reports.
The report adds: “But her pique quickly escalated beyond the initial tweet when she claimed in a subsequent email to a reporter that the Times was being ‘narcissistic’ for allowing TV cameras inside and needed a ‘course correction’ in part for its coverage of its own young reporter Ali Watkins. Watkins is at the center of a leak investigation for receiving classified government material from her then-boyfriend, and she was the subject of a lengthy story in the Times last week.”
The report quotes a tweet from Abramson in which she writes: “Kind of pisses me off that @nytimes is still asking Who Is Ocasio-Cortez? when it should have covered her campaign. Missing her rise akin to not seeing Trump’s win coming in 2016.”
The Post also cites an email from Abramson to the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove in which she writes: “I’m feeling about the NYT now like I did when my son cheated on a test in 10th grade. I loved him to death, believed he was a thoroughly wonderful young man, but he needed a course correction … So does the NYT … it’s making horrible mistakes left and right.”