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New York Times removes reporter from White House beat

Dec 21. 2017
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By Agence France-Presse
New York

The New York Times said Wednesday that one of its most prominent political reporters would not be sacked but removed from the White House beat after being suspended for alleged sexual misconduct.

Senior White House correspondent Glenn Thrush was suspended by the newspaper without pay last month after the website Vox accused him of acting inappropriately toward young women while in a previous reporting job at Politico.

"While we believe that Glenn has acted offensively, we have decided that he does not deserve to be fired. Instead, we have suspended him for two months and removed him from the White House beat," said executive editor Dean Baquet.

The newspaper said 50-year-old Thrush would "receive training designed to improve his workplace conduct" and be reinstated on a new beat upon his return in late January.

The decision follows an internal investigation into Thrush's behavior. "We found that Glenn has behaved in ways that we do not condone," Baquet said.

Thrush is also undergoing counseling and substance abuse rehabilitation on his own.

Wednesday's announcement came after morning television news anchors Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose were sacked for alleged sexual misconduct in the firestorm of harassment accusations that have toppled senior men from Hollywood to politics to entertainment.

"We understand that our colleagues and the public at large are grappling with what constitutes sexually offensive behavior in the workplace," said Baquet.

"Each case has to be evaluated based on individual circumstances. We believe this is an appropriate response to Glenn's situation."

Thrush was hired by the Times in January as one of six reporters covering the White House and President Donald Trump full time for the newspaper. He has also been writing a book about Trump with another Times colleague, Maggie Haberman.

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