Guardian U.S. EIC at Center of Jill Abramson Dismissal

Talk about being an innocent and yet momentous bystander.

JanineGibsonTwitterProfilePicPer an article by David Carr and Ravi Somaiya, the final straw with regards to alleged tensions in the New York Times newsroom triangulated new executive editor Dean Baquet, predecessor Jill Abramson and Guardian U.S. editor-in-chief Janine Gibson (pictured). From their piece:

In recent weeks, these people said, Mr. Baquet had become angered over a decision by Ms. Abramson to make a job offer to a senior editor from The Guardian, Janine Gibson, and install her alongside him in a co-managing editor position without consulting him. It escalated the conflict between them and rose to the attention of Mr. Sulzberger.

Carr and Romaiya also hint at an obvious element of Abramson’s departure. That she is, at least for now, locked down in confidentiality. But if-when she is finally able to give her first major magazine or TV interview, it could be explosive.

In a separate Guardian analysis, Gibson confirmed that she had been approached by Abramson about the idea of serving as a “joing managing editor.”

[H/T: Romenesko]

[Photo via: @janinegibson]

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Guardian Names Janine Gibson as U.S. Editor