Golden had a close relationship with not just Schemann but Oreskes as well, having hired him to the IHT and having, according to our tipster, enjoyed with Schemann his temporary "protective patronage."
Oreskes officially left IHT of his own accord to become the first managing editor for U.S. news at the Associated Press. Schemann is said to now be under pressure to likewise find his own landing place — or else be forced to accept a buyout.
With his departure, the IHT op-ed section would then be folded into the Times operations in New York, much as iht.com is being folded into nytimes.com.
Given the extent to which the Times appears to be gutting the IHT, one wonders why the company bothers to keep it as a separate brand rather than simply identifying it as the European edition of the Times.