Jill Abramson, managing editor for news at the Times, finally has a way to share with the world the information she finds most interesting and relevant. Abramson began blogging tonight, apparently for the first time, if you set aside a structured panel discussion last December on a Times Book Review site. Her post to Times blog The Caucus was about comments from Michelle Obama on charges of elitism against her husband, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Writes a snarky Times staffer:
"This demonstrates how even the top editors have truly embraced blogging! Or maybe it just shows how bad the budget cuts have become."
Oh, snap! Jill, you should totally smack back on one of your blogs. Another pro tip: It juices traffic if you mention how the mainstream media totally screwed up their coverage of whatever topic you are posting on.
Also, blog posts generally don't have datelines.
Here are some of the snarkier moments in Abramson's post (which, as you might expect, isn't very snarky):
HAVERFORD, Penn.- Michelle Obama, appearing at Haverford College, gave a strong response to criticism that her husband's remarks at a San Francisco fund-raising event were elitist
...referring to her husband's student loans, she added sarcastically: "Now when is the last time you've seen a president of the United States who just paid off his loan debt? But, again, maybe I'm out of touch."
...At a performance at a union hall in Coatesville earlier on Tuesday, Bill Clinton said that he and his wife were now in the top one-tenth of one percent of taxpayers. So as not to appear out of touch, Mr. Clinton quickly added that when he and Hillary Clinton entered the White House, they were the poorest first family in 100 years.
Don't worry, Jill, the blogging thing will get easier in time. Just ask Bill Keller!