Harry Reid Turns on The New York Times in Jill Abramson Controversy

The Democratic leader used the paper typically beloved by the Left to push for pay equity.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) shows a front page story of IED attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq on USA Today during a news conference on the war in Iraq on Capitol Hill July 16, 2007 in Washington, DC. (National Journal)

The New York Times found itself Thursday at the wrong end of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's outrage.

In closing down the Senate for the week Thursday, Reid took The Times to task for the firing of Executive Editor Jill Abramson. Reid used the paper typically beloved by the Left as an example of worst practices when it comes to pay equity, a major legislative push for Democrats this year.

"It appeared [at] The New York Times," Reid said, while pushing to close the pay-equality gap between male and female employees. "The woman that ran that newspaper was fired yesterday. Why? It's now in the press that because she complained she was doing the same work as men in two different jobs and made a lot less money than they did. That's why we need this legislation."

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Abramson, the first woman to run the Gray Lady, was fired Wednesday after she complained to her managers that she was being paid less than former Executive Editor Bill Keller, The New Yorker reported. Abramson also discovered that he had made more money as managing editor than she had in the same position as well.

New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. denied the allegations in a memo to staff. "Compensation played no part whatsoever in my decision that Jill could not remain as executive editor. Nor did any discussion about compensation," Sulzberger added.