Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson ripped the paper’s news pages for being “unmistakably anti-Trump,” according to a report from Fox News.
Abramson served as executive editor from 2011 to 2014. In her upcoming book, “Merchants of Truth,” she criticizes the paper and her successor, Dean Baquet.
“Though Baquet said publicly he didn’t want the Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump,” Abramson writes. “Some headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis.”
Abramson detailed the generational split at the Times, with younger digital staffers more likely to unabashedly bash the president.
“The more ‘woke’ staff thought that urgent times called for urgent measures; the dangers of Trump’s presidency obviated the old standards,” she writes.
But the generational gap is not the only factor to blame. The Times benefits from running anti-Trump stories, according to Abramson.
“Given its mostly liberal audience, there was an implicit financial reward for the Times in running lots of Trump stories, almost all of them negative,” she said. “They drove big traffic numbers and, despite the blip of cancellations after the election, inflated subscription orders to levels no one anticipated.”