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NY Times fires distinguished journalist after 4 decades for using a racial slur in 2019
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Two journalists responsible for some of The New York Times’s most high-profile work of the last three years have left the paper after their past behavior was criticized inside and outside the organization.

In two memos on Friday afternoon, Dean Baquet, the paper’s executive editor, and Joe Kahn, the managing editor, informed the staff of the departures of Donald G. McNeil Jr., a science correspondent who reported on the coronavirus pandemic, and Andy Mills, an audio journalist who helped create “The Daily” and was a producer and co-host of “Caliphate,” a 2018 podcast that was found to have serious flaws after an internal investigation.

Mr. McNeil, a veteran of The Times who has reported from 60 countries, was an expert guide on a Times-sponsored student trip to Peru in 2019. At least six students or their parents complained about comments he had made, The Daily Beast reported last week. The Times confirmed he used a “racist slur” on the trip.

In their memo, Mr. Baquet and Mr. Kahn wrote that Mr. McNeil “has done much good reporting over four decades” but added “that this is the right next step.”

The statement was a turnabout from last week, when Mr. Baquet sent a note to the staff defending his decision to give Mr. McNeil “another chance.”

“I authorized an investigation and concluded his remarks were offensive and that he showed extremely poor judgment,” Mr. Baquet wrote, “but that it did not appear to me that his intentions were hateful or malicious.”

Days after that note, a group of Times staff members sent a letter to the publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, that was critical of the paper’s stance on Mr. McNeil. “Despite The Times’s seeming commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said the letter, which was viewed by a Times reporter, “we have given a prominent platform — a critical beat covering a pandemic disproportionately affecting people of color — to someone who chose to use language that is offensive and unacceptable by any newsroom’s standards.”

Mr. Sulzberger, Mr. Baquet and Meredith Kopit Levien, the chief executive of The New York Times Company, replied to the group in a letter on Wednesday, saying: “We welcome this input. We appreciate the spirit in which it was offered and we largely agree with the message.”

In a statement to Times staff on Friday, Mr. McNeil wrote that he had used the slur in a discussion with a student about the suspension of a classmate who had used the term.

“I should not have done that,” he wrote. “Originally, I thought the context in which I used this ugly word could be defended. I now realize that it cannot. It is deeply offensive and hurtful.”

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“I should not have done that,” he wrote. “Originally, I thought the context in which I used this ugly word could be defended. I now realize that it cannot. It is deeply offensive and hurtful.”


Thanks, pussy, for bending over and making things that much worse for the rest of us.


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Not The Onion - Interscope records under fire for publishing racist ans sexist rants, which are lyrics of rap songs.


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I skimmed quickly for the word but didn't see it. Was it annoying?


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He won’t be able to do this enough for some
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All collectivists inevitably turn upon each other; it is an integral part of their nature to consume their own.

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Sounds like what Papa John’s founder did, no?


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re: NY Times fires distinguished journalist after 4 decades for using a racial slur in 2019
Matt Walsh tweeted this is response:

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If you have dark skin you can use the word in any context whatsoever. If you have lighter skin you deserve for your life to be ruined for saying it no matter the context. This is the rule now and it is completely deranged and utterly indefensible on both moral and logical grounds


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Nobody actually feels hurt by shite like this. It’s just an excuse to carry out an agenda.


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re: NY Times fires distinguished journalist after 4 decades for using a racial slur in 2019
The frick did he actually say, and in what exact context? Did thE New York Times (A Former Newspaper) actually divulge that info?


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If this happened to me I would immediately think about ways to sue for wrongful termination, not bending the knee to radical bullies.


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“we have given a prominent platform — a critical beat”



Only important words. Someone wanted his job, then passed a petition around the newsroom enough times to get him fired.


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re: NY Times fires distinguished journalist after 4 decades for using a racial slur in 2019
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In a statement to Times staff on Friday, Mr. McNeil wrote that he had used the slur in a discussion with a student about the suspension of a classmate who had used the term.


Honk freaking honk.


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The frick did he actually say, and in what exact context? Did thE New York Times (A Former Newspaper) actually divulge that info?
Didn't see it in the article. All I got out of it was that he was talking to some students and repeated a racial slur that a student had used and for which he was suspended. So it would have been something like, "Can you believe that John Doe got suspended for saying ***racial slur***?"



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Good call

With the purge going on in the armed services I think you’ll see a lot of that. It will be an easy way to get rid of a rival.


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So what exactly did he say? "Racist slur" as we all know could be almost anything.


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distinguished journalist

Is that what they call an oxymoron?


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What a ****rdly response by the NYT.

I just love that. Word filters that censor words that just SOUND a bit like “forbidden” words, but have a completely different meaning and etymology and come from a completely different root language. It is laughable.

There is NOTHING wrong with those two syllables, unless they are used in a pejorative way. There is NOTHING unacceptable about using those syllables to QUOTE something said by another speaker, especially when CRITICIZING their use in a pejorative manner.

Once upon a time, at least SOME major papers had testicles.

Now, let’s try another pejorative that means EXACTLY the same thing:

kaffir

No filter. Insane
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Completely different approach to how the New York Times handled Sarah Jeong, and her racist comments. Hmmmm!


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