March 28, 2016 Last Updated 11:37 am

Jill Abramson joins the Guardian as political columnist

The former Times executive editor has been penning columns for the Guardian this year, but now joins officially as a columnist

The Guardian today announced the hiring of the former editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson as political columnist. Her first column in that role is about presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, which calls her “fundamentally honest and trustworthy.”

Abramson The New York Times in 1997, becoming its Washington bureau chief in late 2000. Abramson become the executive editor of the Times in September 2011, replacing Bill Keller. By 2013, however, things got rocky as she was described as highly popular in the newsroom.

“I think there’s a really easy caricature that some people have bought into, of the bitchy woman character and the guy who is sort of calmer,” Dean Baquet said in a Politico piece in 2013. “That, I think, is a little bit of an unfair caricature.” One year later Abramson was fired and Baquet became executive editor.

Abramson has been writing for the Guardian recently. Today’s opinion piece is her eighth this year, and her third having the campaign of Hillary Clinton as her subject.

“For over 40 years, Jill has been a trailblazer for women in journalism, and brings an unparalleled knowledge of the relationship between politics and the media in the U.S.,” Lee Glendinning, editor of Guardian US, said in a statement. “We’re delighted to add her experience, depth and gravitas to our distinct take on this fascinating election.”

Excerpt from Abramson’s column today:

For decades she’s been portrayed as a Lady Macbeth involved in nefarious plots, branded as “a congenital liar” and accused of covering up her husband’s misconduct, from Arkansas to Monica Lewinsky. Some of this is sexist caricature. Some is stoked by the “Hillary is a liar” videos that flood Facebook feeds. Some of it she brings on herself by insisting on a perimeter or “zone of privacy” that she protects too fiercely. It’s a natural impulse, given the level of scrutiny she’s attracted, more than any male politician I can think of.

I would be “dead rich”, to adapt an infamous Clinton phrase, if I could bill for all the hours I’ve spent covering just about every “scandal” that has enveloped the Clintons. As an editor I’ve launched investigations into her business dealings, her fundraising, her foundation and her marriage. As a reporter my stories stretch back to Whitewater. I’m not a favorite in Hillaryland. That makes what I want to say next surprising.

Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest and trustworthy.

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