The New York Post, known for its bold headlines and outrageous stories is making headlines of its own, this time for firing one of the paper’s top editors. Sandra Guzman is an Emmy Award winning Journalist who edited the paper’s Black History Month section and the Harlem Week Section for years. Guzman is also the same woman that criticized the infamous racist “stimulus package” cartoon that appeared in its pages. Her removal from her position is raising eyebrows especially from people who claim the paper’s track record with minority employees is shaky.
Many people questioned the judgment of editors at the paper after the cartoon hit newsstands depicting the “unnamed” author of the economic stimulus bill as a rabid chimpanzee shot by two police men saying:
“They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”
Guzman was the most high-profile Post employee to publicly speak out against the cartoon and had no qualms expressing her disdain. She wrote to her fellow colleagues saying:
“I neither commissioned or approved it. I saw it in the paper yesterday with the rest of the world. And, I have raised my objections to management.”
An employee at The New York Post that wished to remain anonymous told The Huffington Post that the former editor’s comments surely contributed to her firing saying:
“I think ever since then, she has been on their Shyte list and they were trying to look for a reason to get rid of her. The problem at The Post is a revenue problem. My whole thing is, she is not in charge of advertising. She is an associate editor. Whoever is in accounting or advertising should have been held accountable.”
It should also be noted that Guzman was the only woman of color on the paper’s management staff and according to Post employees there has been only one African-American editor at the paper in the last decade.