NYT Reportedly Struggling Whether To Fire Glenn Thrush Over Harassment Allegations
The New York Times is apparently “torn” over what to do with their White House reporter Glenn Thrush over his recent allegations of sexual misconduct.
On Monday, Vox reported Thrush’s history of alleged harassment while working at Politico. He was accused of unwanted advances, kissing, and groping on young female journalists. Thrush issued an apology to “any woman who felt uncomfortable in my presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately.” The Times immediately suspended the reporter upon further investigation.
But according to a new report from Vanity Fair, there’s an internal struggle over Thrush’s future at the paper.
Vanity Fair‘s Joe Pompeo spoke with numerous current and former employees at The Times, some who didn’t see Thrush’s “misdeeds” as a fireable offense like the actions of CBS News’ Charlie Rose or NBC News’ Mark Halperin. Also being considered is the fact that these allegations were based on events at his former employer and not at The Times, which hired him earlier this year.
“It was obviously a damning piece; I don’t think anyone would say it wasn’t,” one employee said of the Vox piece. “But it was also a piece that, like a lot of these things, lived in some gray areas. It’s not an easy call.”
Another employee said it “makes a difference” that wasn’t the boss or supervisors so that “mitigates the degree of seriousness” and that high-level figures at the paper are “torn” over the decision to fire him.
“I honestly don’t think anyone in leadership feels like they can make a judgment until they understand, more fully, exactly what the behavior was,” a third employee said.
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