NYT Editor Fired for Investigating CEO’s Involvement in Child Sex Scandal Coverup?Posted: May 15, 2014
For Breitbart.com, Warner Todd Huston writes: On May 14, Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of The New York Times, was suddenly fired by the paper. A myriad of explanations have been offered for her ouster, but an intriguing one flying under the radar is the ire she reportedly raised by launching an investigation into charges that the paper’s CEO, Mark Thompson, had a role in a sex scandal that embroiled the BBC, as Breitbart News previously reported.
“Jimmy Savile, was rocked by sex abuse accusations that went all the way back to the 1960s when Savile was a young broadcaster with the BBC.”
Ken Auletta of The New Yorker magazine noted that Abramson was not in attendance with Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the Times’ publisher, and Managing Editor Dean Baquet during the annual City University Journalism School dinner on Monday, May 12. This was likely the first public sign that Abramson was on the way out as only two days later the paper announced she was fired.
“…investigations by British authorities uncovered hundreds of teens, both girls and boys, that were sexually abused and exploited over the decades by Savile and a handful of other BBC employees.”
Still, the media has been filled with many reports over the last year that the editor was grating on her bosses. Since her firing, several reasons have been proffered in the press as to why the first female editor was released by the paper of record but one in particular seems to be flying below the radar and may be of far more importance than it seems.
NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik pointed out on Twitter that one of the things Abramson did that riled her bosses was to send an investigator to London to investigate the past conduct of Times CEO Mark Thompson, who was the head of the British Broadcasting Corporation during the biggest child sex abuse scandal in the history of British media.
After Times chief Sulzberger chose former BBC chief Mark Thompson as the paper’s new CEO in 2012, Abramson sent a reporter to England to look into the charges that Thompson tried to cover up the then-growing scandal.
Just as Thompson was transitioning from head of the BBC to his new role as CEO of the Times , a sex abuse scandal was exploding in his home country. As reported extensively by Breitbart, one of the BBC‘s most beloved TV and radio stars, Jimmy Savile, was rocked by sex abuse accusations that went all the way back to the 1960s when Savile was a young broadcaster with the BBC.
Subsequent investigations by British authorities uncovered hundreds of teens, both girls and boys, that were sexually abused and exploited over the decades by Savile and a handful of other BBC employees. It was a scandal that shocked the country.
It was also discovered that several officials at the BBC assisted Savile in his actions, some of which occurred in BBC facilities, perhaps with the knowledge of BBC executives…(read more)
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