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The New York Times criticizes Erin Marquis, editor-in-chief of Wirecutter, for gun rights voicemail


A memorial outside Oxford High School on December 3, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan.

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The New York Times said on Friday it was examining an editor of the Wirecutter.com newspaper for tweeting scathing messages about a gun rights group and for allegedly leaving angry and profane voicemails for the group.

The tweets and alleged voicemail message from Erin Marquis, Wirecutter’s chief IT and networking editor, each referred to a press release opposing gun control laws sent by the Great Group. Lakes Gun Rights following a shooting at Oxford High School on the outskirts of Detroit that killed four students.

Wirecutter.com is a product recommendation site that The Times bought in 2016.

Marquis has been identified by the National Association for Gun Rights as the woman who left two voicemail messages Thursday for its Michigan branch, the Great Lakes Group.

“Hello, I’m a reporter for the New York Times. I’m just calling to ask, I have two questions. How do you sleep at night?” the woman said on the clip posted to YouTube by the national group.

“Aren’t you just, like, a little worried that there might be hell, and when you meet God, he might send you there?” The woman asked.

“The only people who politicize this seem to be you, because you’re the only people I’ve had a fucking press release about,” the woman said. “Again, I’m from the New York Times, and letting everyone in the New York Times know what kind of assholes you are. Congratulations, you’re the laughing stock.”

“You fucking ghouls, I hope there is a God in Heaven, then he will judge you when you die,” the woman said in a second audio clip.

The group asked Twitter on Friday whether the Times “would apologize and berate” Marquis for the voicemail messages it claims to have left.

“We’re not surprised that an angry, liberal, anti-gun reporter from the New York Times shows her true colors and wishes us to burn in hell – we’re just glad she was stupid enough to let us in. two voice messages. laugh, then post, “said Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights, in a prepared statement.

Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha said in an email to CNBC: “We expect our employees to behave in a manner consistent with our values ​​and our commitment to the highest ethical standards. high. “

“We are currently reviewing this case, which involves an employee of Wirecutter, our product recommendation site, who does not work in the New York Times newsroom,” the spokesperson said.

Marquis declined to comment.

She was hired for the Wirecutter role in July after spending four years as the editor of Jalopnik.com, a car enthusiast site.

The Times, like many other news organizations, has a policy regarding the use of social media by journalists, which warns them to make comments online that may be viewed by readers as biased on political issues.

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The National Association for Gun Rights, which says it has 4.5 million members, noted Thursday in an email that it sent to reporters earlier today “a press release condemning the plans gun control legislation and initiatives pushed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Senate Democrats in the Michigan Legislature in response to the Oxford High School tragedy. “

On Thursday afternoon, Marquis tweeted, “I just received a press release from the Great Lakes Gun Rights organization on protecting gun rights against Michigan Democrats and I’m literally shaking with rage.”

“I hope that there is a God and that they [meet] this God one day, ”wrote Marquis.

“My brother and sister-in-law are both teachers in the suburbs,” Marquis wrote in another tweet.

She then gave the group’s phone number and email, “If you want to make your displeasure known.”

That tweet contained a screenshot of an email she sent to the group, which read, “Take me off your mailing list, you ghouls.”

Marquis deleted those tweets and removed his Twitter account from public view after the National Association for Gun Rights issued a press release identifying him as the woman who called the Michigan affiliate.

In guidelines updated in November 2020 and posted on the newspaper’s website, the Times said: “Social media presents potential risks to the Times. “

“If our journalists are seen as biased or if they engage in editorials on social media, it can undermine the credibility of the entire newsroom,” the guide said. “We have always made it clear that newsroom employees should avoid posting anything on social media that could damage our reputation for neutrality and fairness.”

“In social media posts, our journalists should not express partisan views, promote political opinions, endorse candidates, make offensive comments, or do anything else that undermines the journalistic reputation of The Times.” , indicates the policy.

“Our reporters should be especially careful to appear to be taking sides on issues the Times seeks to cover objectively.”

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