" ... in a private conversation with journalist and playwright Bernie Weinraub [who communicated that in an email to wife former Sony executive Amy Pascal ] Dowd apparently compared her friend [Jill Abramson] to former Times executive Howell Raines, a newsroom leader known for his combative and autocratic management style." - Dylan Byers, "Maureen Dowd compared Jill Abramson to Howell Raines, Sony emails show," in Politico, April 17, 2015. Here is the article.
Of all people, thought leader at The New York Times, Maureen Dowd, should understand that nothing said in any medium is off the record. With the latest "dump" of Sony hacked emails, Dowd has been outed to not be trustworthy as a friend. Now it's clear that she was not watching Abramson's back, not with important people.
On a professional level, that lack of communications discretion will limit her access to sources. Friends provide inside insights to friends as a favor and also because it's assumed the communications will remain private.
On a personal level, you can bet many who saw themselves as Dowd's friend likely had a sleepless night or two. Expect them, in public, to treat her the same as before. But the odds are high they will emotionally distance themselves.
Can this be the beginning of the end for Dowd? Thought leaders are their networks. If those networks shrink so does the material thought leaders need access to.