So, they’re being sued for being racists:
Mark Thompson, the chief executive of the New York Times and former director-general of the BBC, is facing a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit alleging that he introduced a culture of “deplorable discrimination” based on age, race and gender at the newspaper.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two black female employees in their sixties in New York on Thursday, claims that under Thompson’s leadership the US paper of record has “become an environment rife with discrimination”.
Tee hee, biter bit and all that. But here’s what’s really great about it:
Thompson is said to have hired Meredith Levien, the company’s chief revenue office and a co-defendant, to “carry out his vision of the ideal workforce”. The lawsuit claims that under Thompson, who was paid $8.7m (£6m) last year, and Levien, who was paid $1.8m (£1.2m), “age, sex and race discrimination became the modus operandi at the Times”.
In speeches to staff, Levien is said to have made it clear that she wanted a workforce with “fresh faces” populated by “people who look like the people we are selling to”. She is alleged to have told staff that “this isn’t what our sales team should look like”. The advertising staff, many of whom are older, black and female, said Levien’s comments were “shockingly rife with racially charged innuendos”.
And the reason that’s great is that you’ve only got to think for a moment about what the SJWs are saying about the tech industry. And well reported in The NYT of course. That that industry should look more like the customer base. There should be more women and blacks employed in it. Because, you know look like the customer base. It’s actually been specifically said about Twitter that as it has a greater penetration among blacks than whites therefore the workforce should have a higher black percentage than the general population.
Yet when someone actually tries to have a workforce that mirrors the customer base that’s wacist.
And to cap it all, here’s Mona Chalabi getting entirely the wrong end of the stick:
Racism in the media is often linked to a lack of diversity within the industry. And accusations that the workforce in US media doesn’t represent the population are nothing new. In 1968, analyzing protests about the treatment of racial minorities, the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders claimed that “the media report and write from the standpoint of a white man’s world”, adding “fewer than 5% of the people employed by the news business in editorial jobs in the United States today are Negroes.”
But that’s the actual claim here: that the NYT is trying to make the staff reflect the population more closely.