When Jill Abramson was fired from her role as executive editor of the New York Times in May, publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. told the newspaper's staff that it was because of "an issue with management in the newsroom." In its vagueness, the statement alluded to Abramson's reputation for being blunt and even a little ruthless in her role. But because of that hard-edged profile, among the revelations in Abramson's first post-Times interview with Cosmopolitan, nothing spoke to me like this admission: When Abramson received particularly scathing criticism in a Politico profile—a piece that dubbed her, among other descriptors, “condescending” and “uncaring"—she cried.
“I don't regret admitting I did,” she says. “The most important advice I would still give—and it may seem crazy because I did lose this job I really loved—you have to be an authentic person. I did cry. That is my authentic first reaction. I don't regret sharing that.”