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Perhaps playing the mainstream media card, the New York Times has parted ways with an editor who allegedly left indignant and vulgar voicemail messages for an organization that advocates for gun rights.
While mentioning her employer three times in one message, Erin Marquis allegedly placed one or more calls to the National Association for Gun Rights to register her displeasure with its Michigan affiliate for opposing gun control measures that might be proposed In the aftermath of the horrific Oxford, Mich., school shooting.
“Hi, I’m a journalist with the New York Times. I’m just calling to wonder: I have two questions. How do you sleep at night? And aren’t you just like a bit worried that there might be a hell? And when you meet God, He will send you there? That’s just my only question. The third question, the only people politicizing this seems to be you because you’re the only people I got a f—ing press release from,” she allegedly said in audio released by the parent organization.
“Again, I am from the New York Times, and I’m letting everyone in the New York Times know what kind of f—ing a–holes you are. Congrats on being a laughing stock.”
In another message, the editor purportedly said “You f—ing ghouls. I hope that there is a God in heaven so he judges you when you die.”
This form of editorializing apparently was too much even for the liberal New York Times, which cut loose the editor.
“The employee has been terminated from Wirecutter following our investigation related to inappropriate behavior. We expect our employees to behave in a way that is consistent with our values and commitment to the highest ethical standards.” a statement from the news outlet explained.
“Repeatedly invoking the New York Times’s name in an unprofessional way that imperils the reputation of Wirecutter, The Times, and all of our journalists is a clear violation of our policies and cannot be tolerated.”
Wirecutter is the Times-owned consumer product-review website.
From her now-deleted Twitter account, Marquis had reportedly written that “Just got a press release from the Great Lakes Gun Rights organization about protecting gun rights from democrats in Michigan and I am literally shaking with rage. I hope there is a God and they met that God someday.”
The incident is perhaps why some media critics have concluded that journalism has primarily become a profession dominated by activists.
Marquis may have been taking exception to a December 2 press release from Great Lakes Gun Rights that chided Democrats for trying to politicize the Oxford tragedy by enacting additional gun control legislation.
“Great Lakes Gun Rights urges the Legislature to reject the politically-motivated calls for more gun control and to instead focus on life-saving policies that allow law-abiding citizens to be their own self-defense,” the organization’s executive director, Brenden Boudreau, insisted.
“Marquis served as secretary for the Wirecutter union, which recently reached a deal with Times management on a contract after a five-day strike that occurred during a busy holiday shopping period,” the Washington Post recalled.
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— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) November 26, 2021
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