This American Life’s Ira Glass Has Never Even Heard of Jill Abramson

The firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was by far the biggest media story of the last week, but that doesn’t mean everyone in the media was paying attention. In New York Monday to accept his Peabody Award, This American Life host Ira Glass admitted he had never heard of Abramson, did not hear she had been fired and generally does not care who edits The New York Times.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Glass told New York Magazine’s Katie Van Syckle when the reporter asked him to comment on Abramson’s firing. “I read the newspaper, but I live in my own little bubble,” he said. “When did that happen?”

When Van Syckle informed the popular radio host that he had missed a major news story, he explained, “I hate reading media news so I actively sort of — I’m not interested in someone getting fired. No disrespect to people that are, but I literally had no idea who she was, or that she got fired until this moment.”

“Honestly, like, I’m a superfan of the New York Times, but I know nothing about how they put it together and I really don’t care,” Glass concluded.

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