RUSH: There's also news from the New York Times and Jill Abramson, 59 years old, the first female managing editor. Outside of management, she's a grand pooh-bah at the New York Times, Jill Abramson. She is an Upper West Side of Manhattan, full-fledged, traditional communist liberal. I mean, she and Jane Mayer are inseparable buds. Jane Mayer works at The New Yorker or one of those places. I forget which, but she got the big gig.
The Politico ran a story on her not long ago that was critical of her, and she cried. Jill Abramson admitted that a story critical of her in The Politico made her cry. This is a woman that came from the bowels of the modern feminist movement. This is a woman who came from the feminist movement which preached toughness, no emotion, no relationships -- and if you have one, you don't talk about it, and it's not the center of your life.
You take on the men in their bailiwick. You take on the men in their careers. You become them, and you take over, and you do not cry. Well, she cried. Jill Abramson was reduced to tears because of a story run about her in The Politico.
RUSH: The Jill Abramson story in The Politico was published all the way back in April, and for some reason it has just surfaced. She told Lloyd Grove at The Daily Beast, "I cried. I should say that their story just bounced right off of me, but I'm just being honest. I did cry. But by the next morning, I wasn't completely preoccupied by it anymore. I had my cry, and that was that."
How many people have the New York Times destroyed?
How many politicians, how many people just in all walks of life have journalists at the New York Times targeted to destroy, to damage, to harm? And here's the woman that runs the operation admitting that she cried over something written about her in the media. They're making fun of her out there, because feminists aren't supposed to cry. You know, Patsy Schroeder broke down and cried when she decided that she couldn't win the presidency.
You remember Patsy Schroeder, former Democrat congresswoman from Colorado? I once pulled a major trick on her. She fell for something that I said. It was just hilarious, that GOPAC speech. She actually believed me when I told everybody I'd bought my mother a can opener to be able to open the dog food she was gonna have to eat. Patsy Schroeder thought that I was really serious, that I was happy with my mother eating dog food, and I gave her a can opener.
This was in the midst of a budget battle. It was 1995, GOPAC speech. Anyway, she decided she wanted to run for president one day. So she embarks on whatever you have to do to get the ball rolling. After awhile, she figured out that wasn't gonna work. So she called a press conference somewhere in Colorado, I think it was Denver, and made her announcement that she was suspending her campaign.
She just started bawling, broke down and started crying. And then, to add insult to jury, she then sought comfort from a man. I looked and said, "Who's that?" because she really buried her head on this guy's shoulder, and she just really let loose. She said, "I decided I can't win." (crying) Really, folks. It's like a baby crying. And then she turned to this guy and her head's buried in her shoulder. I said, "Who is that?"
I found out it was somebody I didn't know existed: Her husband. Guy's name was Jim. I don't know what his last name was. It might have been Schroeder. I don't know if she took his name. But she started wailing. "I said, "Man, she is letting the sisters down double, double whammy. A, crying, and then on the shoulder of a man - and maybe a triple whammy," because that was her husband, who, heretofore -- outside of their friends and neighbors in the district -- nobody knew existed.
So Jill Abramson has now down another double whammy here on the sisters. She cried. I mean, if one thing was drilled into young feminists-to-be in the late 60 and early seventies, it was, "Never, ever cry. Never. Don't ever be seen crying. Never!" It was almost as important as "never act like your relationship is the centerpiece of your life." So here we have another historically powerful woman in a position of great authority that she achieved without a man, although she's married and had a couple kids.
But I just learned that today, too. I didn't know she was married 'til today. It was never part of reporting on her. She's admitting to crying over a political piece. How many people have ended up crying over what the New York Times has done to them? Here's a little blurb on it. The Atlantic Wire: "It's not easy being New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, the first woman to lead the Grey Lady in its 160 year history.
"And because The Times is the paper of record, it's frequently the subject of criticism -- which has been especially harsh as of late. But every once in a while, it's best to lead with your right hook, not your pen. Accordingly, the New York born-and-bred Abramson responded to her many critics in an interview with The Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove, highlights of which are below. ... 'I should say it went right off me, but I’m just being honest.
"'I did cry. But by the next morning, I wasn’t completely preoccupied by it anymore. I had my cry and that was that.' In part, she was able to get over the Politico hatchet job so quickly because she's been hit by a truck before." That's what they say here. It's not my words. They say "she's been hit by a truck before." Yeah, "Abramson was hit by a truck near the Times building, and spent weeks in the hospital recovering from a broken hip and femur among other grave injuries."
Anyway, you find it interesting that a woman editor at New York Times crying is a news story?
But it was big. Why is that news? You have to ask yourself: Why is it news?