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Jill Abramson, the New York Times and "Absolute Religion"

The promotion of Jill Abramson to the once prestigious position of Executive Editor of The New York Times is certainly another crack in the “glass ceiling” for women. No one can – or should – begrudge her accomplishment.

The problem for readers of The Times, who are dwindling in number -- at least in part due to the one-sided and decidedly liberal Times editorial and news coverage policy -- is that her elevation will change nothing. There may be some stylistic changes, but the liberal substance will continue to reflect the same mindset. 

It matters not whether a liberal man or liberal woman is deciding what will be covered, how it will be covered and what will not be covered. A liberal is a liberal, whether inhabiting the body of a man or a woman.

This is a continuing problem, not only for The Times, but for the big media in general as it descends into irrelevancy in the Internet age where people no longer have to rely on a single, or limited number of media outlets for their information.

The Fox News Channel, along with talk radio, should have served as powerful warnings, even rebukes, to the big media which, in their state of denial, ignored them, preferring the ideological company of their fellow Upper West Side New York City liberals and the salons of Washington’s Cleveland Park.

The arrogance of these media elitists was again revealed in Ms. Abramson’s statement following the announcement of her promotion: “In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion. If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth.”

Really? Then perhaps Ms. Abramson might like to explain how her “absolute truth” is compromised daily by a significant number of “corrections” in a section of the newspaper dedicated to exposing the newspaper’s factual errors. 

The last I looked, the Bible, which has many more readers than The Times has subscribers, did not have to correct itself.

Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated newspaper columnist and a Fox News contributor.

Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. He joined Fox News Channel in 1997 as a political contributor. His latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America" is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.