New York Times Backs Reporter Accused of Sexual Misconduct
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.”
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.”
New York Times left-wing reporter Glenn Thrush has been suspended for two months and removed from his job as the paper’s White House correspondent for sexual misconduct! THEY ARE NOT FIRING HIM, Just Suspending and Reassigning!
He'll be working with a slew of OTHER NYT perverts.
— TJ Francois (@TomFreeSpeech) December 21, 2017
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 20, 2017
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