The New York Post is known to display a racist disposition, and now one of its editors is finally being called into question for his actions. The publication is the focus of a discrimination lawsuit brought on by a former employee, and a federal judge barred editor, Col Allan, from evoking “editorial privilege” last week, when questioned about a racists cartoon depicting President Obama as a monkey, riddled with bullet holes.
Sandra Guzman, a former associate editor at the Post, claims to have been fired for speaking out against the drawing. Guzman, who is of Black and Puerto Rican descent, filed a 38-page complaint in which she details the work environment as being s-xist, offensive, and racist. She also accused the newspapers bureau chief in D.C. of purposely targeting the POTUS, in order to fulfill his goal to “destroy [President Obama].”
Owned by Ruport Murdoch's News Corp. company, Allan will have to disclose conversations that he had with the Australian media mogul. Among the questions, include whether or not he disagreed with publishing an apology for the comic strip, and if Murdoch secretly shared his sentiments.
During a seven-hour disposition, Allan refused to answer questions about the cartoon and accusations that he showed Guzman a nude photo of another man. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis ordered Allan to submit to two additional hours of inquiries, and accused him of unjustly using journalistic privilege to his advantage.
The cartoon in question was a commentary on the $787 billion stimulus plan, and despite the public outrage, Allan wrote the depiction off as a “clear parody of a current news event,” remarking that the animal was not meant to be Obama but depicted a chimpanzee that was shot in Connecticut for attacking its owner's neighbor.
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