We often thank our lucky stars – and affinity for slacking – that we don’t work at NY Times. Our thanks get a capital ‘T’ today, because it sounds like there’s about to be a full blown war at the famed paper.
Gawker continues to follow up on the whole “Times photo director may or may not have called photo editor a faggot” story and reveals some real gems (except for whether or not the scandal actually went down).
First, the “faggot” “photo editor” clocks in as a lowly freelancer (poor sucker – oops). Second, a source says the flinger of faggot, a one Michelle McNally, won’t suffer any disciplinary action. Third, there’s an angry letter going around the office – someone’s calling for gay mutiny.
From a concerned journo to his or her less concerned journos:
One of our freelancers has accused his boss, a masthead editor, of calling him a fag or a faggot. So far, as I understand it, The Times has conducted an investigation, and the only action it’s taken is to put some sort of letter in the masthead editor’s personnel file.
I don’t think this is an appropriate punishment. If The Times means what it says about fairness and diversity, then it’s got to put some teeth into its policies. And a slap on the wrist won’t do it.
The Times has zero tolerance for employee theft. Recently, a newsroom employee was fired for taking two reams of paper. Is this issue not equally serious? This was no joke gone bad, much as The Times might wish it was. (Besides, when are slurs ever a joking matter?)
I propose asking Steve Reed and the leaders of our LGBT Affinity Group to press The Times on this case. It has taken a great deal of courage for the freelancer to come forward; he has put his career on the line. We need to offer our support and to say loudly and clearly, “This is not right.”
Times Copy Editor
Could it be made right if The Times gives the anonymous freelancer a permanent, top position? Probably not, but it’s worth a shot…
Why don’t we just kill Michelle McNally? Maybe cut her pussy out and sell it on the street? One buck fuck!!!!
When gay people are maligned, most straight people circle the wagons and protect their own.
Um, maybe just maybe it really was a raucus party and she got carried away and called him that in a misguided at camaraderie & raillerie. If eveveryone gets crucified – sorry, fired – for every single thing ever said that was in any way out of place, no one would be working anywhere.
nycstudman, clearly the person on the receiving end of that anti-gay slur did not find it amusing, or considered it in jest. In that case I will accept it as he does; an anti-gay slur.
If you are waiting for courage from the gays at the NYT…you’ve got a LONG WAIT ahead of you.
They sat SILENTLY almost a year into the AIDS pandemic while thousands died.
The NYT queers fall somewhere on the vast scale between self loathing Drudge and self loathing McGreavy.
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