In her first public comments since her firing as The New York Times' top editor, Jill Abramson told college graduates they should fight back when times are tough.
"Some of you, and now I'm talking to anybody who has been dumped, ... you know the sting of losing and not getting something you badly want when that happens, show them what you are made of," she said.
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Abramson delivered the commencement speech to students graduating from Wake Forest University in North Carolina after unusually scathing criticism of her management style leveled by Times' Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.