The New York Times is giving its star reporter Glenn Thrush a second chance. It had earlier suspended him for sexual misconduct. Executive editor, Dean Banquet, said Thrush would not be fired though he behaved in ways that “we do not condone”. He is to cover a new beat once his suspension ends.

The move came after a Vox report in which four female journalists alleged that Thrush behaved badly with them. They said his behaviour included unwanted kissing and touching

In a statement, Thrush said, “I apologize to any woman who felt uncomfortable in my presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately.”

He behaved in such manners even at his previous organisation, Politico Magazine. Thrush had put his hand on a fellow reporter’s thigh and started kissing her at a bar. Another woman said he tried to kiss her at a party.

A prolific reporter

One of six reporters covering the White House full-time, Thrush is a prolific writer. He is also writing a book on President Trump with Maggie Haberman. 

To resume work

Banquet said while Thrush acted offensively, he doesn’t deserve to be fired. He is undergoing counselling and substance abuse rehabilitation.

“We understand that our colleagues are grappling with what constitutes sexually offensive behaviour in the workplace,” Baquet added. “Each case has to be evaluated based on individual circumstances. We believe this is an appropriate response to Glenn’s situation.”

Negative reactions

NYT women tweeted about how the decision made them uncomfortable.

“Every woman who works at the Times has to go to work tomorrow knowing that that’s the decision they made,” Kate Harding, who hosts the Feminasty podcast, tweeted, “That’s whose career matters. That’s who they’ll go the extra mile for.”

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