It should surprise no one that the firing of one of the most powerful journalists in the world would stir comment and controversy. Some of the stir is from within, as David Carr notes in his latest Media Equation column. Some of the stir is from without, as Ken Auletta adds in his third instalment on the story in The New Yorker. Both reach somewhat the same conclusion: Abramson is an excellent journalist, perhaps not the best communicator, and appears to have foundered some confusion over the proposed hiring of a new digital chief with her second-in-command and, more importantly, the boss.
Abramson delivered the commencement address Monday at Wake Forest University. Also unsurprisingly, given the non-disparagement agreement with her former employer, she did not make mention of the context of her dismissal. Instead, she encouraged students to make the most of their ambitions. The Washington Post reported on the address and provided video below.
Al Tompkins, writing for Poynter, examines the impact on journalism of the recent Federal Communications Commission approach on net neutrality. Tompkins surmises that this week's appearance by the FCC on Capitol Hill before a subcommittee may be the first step in the debate commandeered by Congress. If that's the case, he suggests journalism is unlikely to benefit.