This is being wrongly reported on some blogs as a punishment for Carolyn Ryan, who is famous for detesting the Clintons. It's not, it's actually more of a promotion -- and Elizabeth Bumiller, her replacement, is just as bad. If that doesn't tell us exactly what we can continue to expect from the Times' Clinton coverage, nothing will:
New York Times Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan will step down and be replaced by current Washington Editor Elisabeth Bumiller, the Times said on Tuesday.
The change, which was announced by executive editor Dean Baquet, reflects the longstanding editorial arrangement that existed in everything but name, several Times sources said. Bumiller had served as the de facto bureau chief while Ryan, who also serves as political editor, had focused on the paper's 2016 coverage.
Bumiller took control of the day-to-day business at the bureau in January, when Ryan announced she was going to focus her attention on building out the Times’ political desks, though Ryan retained the title of bureau chief. Ryan leaves the bureau chief role less than two years after replacing David Leonhardt, a Pulitzer Prize-winning economic columnist who now heads the Times' 'Upshot' column.
The new assignments will match that division of labor: Ryan "will now focus all of her attention on the campaign," Baquet wrote in his memo. "Her appointment as a senior editor for politics is a testament to the remarkable job she has done running coverage as the campaign evolved into the story of more than 20 candidates, and billions of dollars."