Jill Abramson Wishes She Could Whine More

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The New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Monday, April 19, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

"Some of the most delicious time that you spend as a journalist is like, complaining," said the New York Times executive editor, who is now too important to gripe, at an NYU talk last night. "At no times have I had fewer actual friends to gossip with, and kind of complain with, or at least commiserate with. That is a hard part of being the boss. Newsrooms are just full of cantankerous, complaining people. It's so enjoyable to be part of that." Her employees are probably rolling their eyes, which is the point.