Jewish Journal


June 2, 2011

New NYT editor: NYT is Valhalla, a substitute for religion


The big religion and media news today came from The New York Times. To be more specific, it came from inside the NYT newsroom. Jill Abramson has ascended to the top spot at the Gray Lady, causing The Jewish Journal to ask whether Abramson is now the world’s most powerful Jewish woman.

But the bigger religion story concerned what Abramson told readers in the pages of her paper:

Ms. Abramson, 57, said that as a born-and-raised New Yorker, she considered being named editor of The Times to be like “ascending to Valhalla.”

“In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion,” she said. “If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth.”

A bad sign for the future of the Godbeat at The New York Times? I don’t think so. But enlightening comments from the paper’s new major domo.

Sarah Pulliam Bailey has more about Abramson’s comments at GetReligion.

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