Sandra Guzman, a former editor at Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post who was fired for complaining about the racist cartoon, has filed suit charging the paper, and one editor in particular, with creating a hostile, racist, sexist work environment. After the paper published a Sean Delonas cartoon depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee being gunned down by white police officers, she complained internally about what she saw as the paper’s persistent and overt racism under editor Col Allan and then she was fired.
Yesterday, Guzman filed a complaint in federal court alleging systematic racism in the Post‘s hiring, firing, and editorial practices and you can the entire court document here. These are just a couple of Guzman’s allegations. When some of them staged a protest outside his newspaper (including me), editor Col Allan laughed at them because “most of them are minorities and the majority are uneducated”:
After Guzman made her feelings public in an e-mail stating that she had raised her objections to the cartoon to management she was punished in various ways that hurt both Guzman professionally and hurt the paper in terms of potential ‘scoops.’ When Guzman asked Allan for permission to cover the Sotomayor story – and get an exclusive interview with the Supreme Court Justice – Allan sent a one-word email “No.” There’s much more, so do read the complaint in its entirety. For its part, the Post has released a statement responding to the complaint:
This lawsuit has no merit and is based on charges that are groundless. As previously stated, Ms. Guzman’s position was eliminated when the section she edited was discontinued due to a decline in advertising sales.
Of course, the racism and sexism behind-the-scenes at the Post are no surprise for those who read here regularly and/or have seen the racist and sexist content at the paper over the years, including the racist cartoon from February this year. Happily for those who want to stand against such bile, the mood at the Post is reportedly “sober” due to declining circulation rates (down 30%). Unfortunately, the possible demise of the Post does nothing to another Rupert Murdoch news outlet which regularly spews racist bile – the very popular Fox News, which continues to draw more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined. And, in a move that can only be called a stroke of genius (/sarcasm alert/) Rupert Murdoch has recently announced that he intends to remove all of his newspapers from The Google, because they’re stealing his content. Yes, brilliant idea. Please do.