Accuracy in Media

Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson ripped her former employer for not covering the campaign of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upset ten-term Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in a primary Tuesday via Twitter.

“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.”

Responding to Abramson’s criticism, Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told the Daily Beast: “We have enormous respect for Jill and deeply appreciate her passion. Criticism and feedback helps us do better work and we’re always open to it. On these specifics though, we just disagree with Jill.”

Not long after Abramson’s tweet, the original headline was changed from “Who is Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez?” to “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A 28-Year-Old Democratic Giant Slayer.”

Abramson who was abruptly fired in 2014 after clashing with management over issues that included pay inequality for females working at the Times felt that the paper should have been better prepared for Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning victory over Crowley.

Crowley outspent Ocasio-Cortez 10-to-1 and thought so little of her that he declined to debate her.

Ocasio-Cortez is a former bartender and Bernie Sanders campaign organizer and at age 28 will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress if she wins the general election in the heavily Democrat district in November.




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