(CNN)–The Gray Lady’s new leading lady is not raring for a fight… at least with Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington. On the day she was named the New York Times’ first woman executive editor, Jill Abramson spoke to CNN’s Jessica Yellin in an interview airing tonight on CNN's “John King, USA.”
This past spring, outgoing New York Times executive editor Bill Keller wrote a highly critical essay in the New York Times magazine comparing the Huffington Post’s aggregation to “piracy.” A back-and-forth between him and Huffington ensued.
When asked Thursday if websites like the Huffington Post hurt journalism, Abramson replied, “I wouldn’t go that far. I think that the aggregation of pieces of journalism that other news organizations have paid dearly to get the story, get it right, tell the story behind the story, poses a threat to us in some ways.”
However, she added, "I respect the fact that an awful lot of people like to read that way and, in some cases, I think the Huffington Post has been inventive and presents what it aggregates well."
"I’ve known Arianna Huffington since the early 90s in Washington," she continued. "She’s an inventive person, and I certainly don’t want to be in a war with her.”