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Jill Abramson says her gender wasn't the 'whole explanation' for her firing

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Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson doesn't believe she was fired just because she is a woman.

Abramson, while speaking with Yahoo News' Katie Couric, discussed her abrupt firing in May, saying there was more to the story than sexism.

“I don't see gender as being the whole explanation, by any means, of what happened,” Abramson said.

Abramson handled the question as to why she was fired professionally. Rather than blasting her former employer, she simply said her firing was “completely the privilege” of Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.

“Mainly he told me he decided to make a change and a bit about why that was, and that's his right,” Abramson added.

Abramson, wearing jeans and tennis shoes during the interview, admitted that she was “hard-charging” as an editor but that she was proud of the journalism she fostered.

“I have my standards, I push very hard for the reporters and editors who work for me to get the real story -- to get what I always call ?the story behind the story' -- and I think a lot of people who work for me found that inspirational,” Abramson said. “Some people didn't like it. That is how it is at every news organization that makes a difference, I think.”

But Abramson said any executive editor at the Times would be described as “brusque” or any of the others words used against her managing style. But, she does believe women are treated “somewhat different.”

“I think that women are scrutinized and criticized in a somewhat different way, and that certain qualities that are seen in men as being the qualities of a leader or — ambition is seen as a good thing — are somehow not seen in as attractive a light when a woman is involved,” Abramson said.

Abramson also said that it was “somewhat irksome” to see such a focus on her firing.

“I mean, first of all, let’s be honest, how many people in the real world, like, really care about why Jill Abramson lost her job,” Abramson said.

That is a truth bomb right there.

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