Commenting on the appointment of 37-year-old Arthur Gregg Sulzberger to be the new publisher of the New York Times, Catholic League President Bill Donohue said the hiring process at the "old-boys club par excellence" was a "classic case of nepotism," and added that "no women were interviewed for the top spot," nor were any blacks, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Muslims, Protestants, Catholics or transgenders.
There is no glass ceiling at the New York Times, said Donohue, there is a cement ceiling, "one that will never be penetrated by women or minorities."
The appointment of Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, or A.G., to the top spot was announced today.
"The appointment was made by Arthur Gregg's father, Arthur Sulzberger Jr.," said Donohue in a statement released today. "He got his job because his predecessor, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, was his father. Thus does the white male dynasty continue."
A.G. "represents the fifth generation of his family since the Grand Patriarch, Adolph S. Ochs, bought the newspaper in 1896," said Donohue. "When A.G. was named deputy publisher, the only two candidates for the job were white males, Sam Dolnick and David Perpich. The hiring process was a classic case of nepotism. Indeed, it was incestuous: the three men are cousins."
"This time around, there was no competition at all," said the Catholic League president. "A.G. was simply anointed publisher by his father. A more stunning patriarchy would be hard to find, even in Third World nations."
"No women were interviewed for the top spot," said Donohue. "No blacks were interviewed. No Latinos (including the undocumented) were interviewed. No Native Americans were interviewed. No Asians were interviewed.
"No Catholics were interviewed. No Protestants were interviewed. No Muslims were interviewed. No Mormons were interviewed. Most astonishingly, no transgender persons were interviewed."
"So much for diversity," said Donohue. "But we can't fault the Times for not respecting inclusion: it does a magnificent job of including its own."