Last month, the New York Times announced that it had suspended star reporter Glenn Thrush amid numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior during his time at Politico. The suspension followed a Vox report by Laura McGann in which she not only described instances of Thrush groping and kissing young female colleagues against their will but wrote about her own experience with Thrush.
Nearly a month after the White House reporter was sidelined, it now appears we may soon learn Thrush’s fate.
According to a new report by Vanity Fair’s The Hive, the NYT is expected to reach a decision on Thrush before Christmas, meaning we should hear something within the next 10 days. And the piece also revealed that the Times’ reporting on other sexual misconduct scandals and the potential awards it may receive from those articles may have some bearing on what it will do with Thrush.
The probe has been a full-fledged inquest, consisting of numerous interviews with employees at the Times and Politico about Thrush’s behavior in the office and after hours. Its meticulous nature suggests the extent to which the Times fully comprehends the stakes. In addition to the primary consideration of sanitizing the workplace, multiple Times sources told me they also believed that the paper’s response to the Thrush controversy would almost certainly factor into its consideration for the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes, in which its series on Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly and others will surely be a strong contender.
It was further reported that that the Times’ senior manager for employee relations, Charlotte Behrendt, is “essentially acting like a special counsel” in her investigation into Thrush’s behavior, with some sources likening her to Robert Mueller.
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