December 28, 2021

NYT Fires Editor Over Vulgar Voicemail to Gun Rights Group

  • Flyover Country

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 

Erin Marquis, an editor for the New York Times, has just been fired after leaving vulgar voicemail messages for a gun-rights group. The newspaper said that her behavior did not reflect their “commitment to the highest ethical standards.” Marquis’ voicemails were in reaction to the gun rights group’s press release following the Oxford, MI high school shooting and she called them “f—ing ghouls.”

The Background:

In the days after the Oxford, Michigan high school shooting, many Democrats began to call for new, stricter gun control regulation. In response, the Great Lakes Gun Rights organization, an affiliate of the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), released a press release calling for legislators to reject the “politically-motivated” gun control policies.

Apparently, this press release got on the nerves of Erin Marquis, an editor for the New York Times’ Wirecutter website, who took to Twitter to express her frustration, saying, “Just got a press release from the Great Lakes Gun Rights organization about protecting gun rights from democrats in Michigan and I am literally shaking with rage. I hope there is a God and they met [sic] that God someday.”

Then Marquis allegedly called the organization and left at least one angry voicemail message. In one message, she invoked the name of the New York Times saying, “Again, I am from the New York Times, and I’m letting everyone in the New York Times know what kind of f—ing a–holes you are. Congrats on being a laughing stock.”

Marquis also said she hoped the organization would be judged by God when they died, though she apparently doesn’t believe in God: “You f—ing ghouls. I hope that there is a God in heaven so he judges you when you die.”

New York Times fired Marquis in late December stating that “repeatedly invoking the New York Times’s name in an unprofessional way that imperils the reputation of Wirecutter, The Times, and all of our journalists is a clear violation of our policies and cannot be tolerated.”

Notable Quotes: 

“The employee [Erin Marquis] has been terminated from Wirecutter following our investigation related to inappropriate behavior. We expect our employees to behave in a way that is consistent with our values and commitment to the highest ethical standards.” - statement from New York Times

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