On Wednesday, The Santa Barbara News-Press issued an apology after one of their reporter’s names was manipulated in print to include an antigay slur in their Christmas edition.
The reporter’s name, Paul Gonzalez, was changed to read, “Paul Gayzalez, News-Press Faggoat.”
— Max Matthies (@Selfmademax) December 25, 2017
Donald Katich, the paper’s Director of News Operations, issued the following prepared statement:
“In Monday’s News-Press, one of our employees changed another employee’s byline to reflect an offensive slur. The News-Press has taken immediate and swift action with this employee; we do not tolerate any form of harassment in the workplace. We apologize to our readers.”
The San Luis Obispo Tribune further elaborated:
The byline is unaltered in the online version of the story. Katich told SF Gate that the employee behind the change “is represented by the Teamsters. There is a process we are obligated to follow when it comes to discipline or termination. The employee is no longer in the building.”