Ex-New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson joined Greta Van Susteren tonight to open up about her firing and her experience at the Times. Abramson also defended a claim she has made previously that the Obama White House is the “most secretive” she’s ever dealt with.
Abramson said she’s “never dealt with an administration where more officials… demand that everything be off the record.” She cited criminal investigations against journalists’ sources, including the current case involving Times reporter James Risen, to make the case of just how secretive the White House is.
In fact, she told Van Susteren, “I spoke every day almost to our national security team in Washington, and almost all of the reporters have said to me that there has never been a more difficult atmosphere.”
Abramson then talked about her firing and moving on, before Van Susteren asked her for a response to the charge made by many of her colleagues and viewers that the Times is a liberal rag. Abramson insisted it’s a “dead wrong” characterization that doesn’t take the paper’s strong journalistic work into account.
Watch the interview here, via Fox News:
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