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Boston.com Editor Demoted over Viral Harvard Business Prof Story

The wheel continues to turn on the story of Harvard Business School professor Ben Edelman’s fight with Boston-based Sichuan Garden over a $4 overcharge, as the author responsible for the viral story is being shifted from her editorial duties.

The original story, by then-Boston.com acting editor Hilary Sargent, went viral last week. But a followup post of Sargent’s attributed racist emails to Edelman that he said he didn’t write. (The post has since been retracted.) Sargent was then suspended from the paper after she was revealed to be selling ironic t-shirts mocking Edelman.

“We certainly don’t condone this type of action and we are dealing with it internally,” Globe Media executive director of digital strategy Corey Gottlieb told BostInno last week, indicating that Sargent’s role at the website was being “reassessed.”

Sargent had been promoted to editor less than a year after joining the site, after the site’s previous editor left suddenly following a short tenure. According to BostInno, which has been all over this story, the site said Thursday it will move Sargent into a senior writing role. Boston.com has appointed classifieds editor Eleanor Cleverly as an interim editor.

All this over $4.

[h/t BostInno]

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