A former executive editor of The New York Times admitted this week she keeps a “little plastic Obama doll” in her purse for “comfort” from “Donald Trump’s America,” Jill Abramson wrote this week in The Guardian.
“It’s easy to look at what’s happening in Washington, D.C. and despair,” Abramson wrote, concluding her op-ed. “That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse. I pull him out every now and then to remind myself that the United States had a progressive, African American president until very recently.
“Some people find this strange, but you have to take comfort where you can find it in Donald Trump’s America.”
The former Times editor revealed her political bias as it is “thrilling” to watch “signs of a Trump rebellion” as the 2018 midterms approach.
Abramson’s op-ed was titled “Are we seeing signs of a Democratic wave in the primaries?” and subtitled “It’s thrilling to see signs of a Trump rebellion — it could lead to winning control of the House, and maybe the 2020 election.”
That liberal rooting by Abramson is striking, considering she rebuked those exact claims by a former Times public editor in 2012, according to Politico.
“In our newsroom we are always conscious that the way we view an issue in New York is not necessarily the way it is viewed in the rest of the country or world,” she told Politico then. “I disagree with Mr. [Arthur] Brisbane’s sweeping conclusions. I agree with another past public editor, Dan Okrent, and my predecessor as executive editor, Bill Keller, that in covering some social and cultural issues, the Times sometimes reflects its urban and cosmopolitan base.
“But I also often quote, including in talks with Mr. Brisbane, another executive editor, Abe Rosenthal, who wanted to be remembered for keeping ‘the paper straight.’ That’s essential.”