New York Times fires editor for obscene gun group voicemail

The New York Times fired an editor at its Wirecutter website for leaving contentious voicemails with a gun rights organization last month.

The outlet announced the firing of Erin Marquis Friday, more than two weeks after she first hit the headlines for her rage following November 30 shooting range in Oxford, Mich. 4 students died.

“Employees have been terminated with Wirecutter following our investigation into inappropriate conduct,” a Times newspaper said. the spokesman said in a statement. “We expect our employees to behave in a manner consistent with our values ​​and committed to the highest ethical standards.”

“Continually calling the New York Times’s Unprofessionally naming damage to the reputations of Wirecutter, The Times and all of our journalists is a clear violation of our policies and cannot be tolerated,” the statement said. continue.

Earlier this month, audio surfaced online about a voicemail Marquis leaving Great Lakes Gun Rights, a Michigan branch of the National Gun Rights Association.

The Marquis initially tweeted his displeasure with the organization after it sent out a press release about gun rights protections.

The New York Times released a statement saying Marquis Erin had repeatedly referred to the Times as “unprofessionally” and discredited it.
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“Just received a press release from the Great Lakes Gun Rights organization about gun rights protections from Michigan democrats and I literally tremble with rage. I hope there is a god and they meet that god one day,” she tweeted, according to Fox News. Marquis also shared the organization’s phone number and email address, asking followers to “report your dissatisfaction”.

Shortly after Marquis published his Twitter post, the National Gun Rights Association posted a video to YouTube containing the audio of Marquis’ voicemail.

“Hi, I’m a reporter for the New York Times,” said one woman. “I just called to ask questions – I have two questions. How do you sleep at night? And aren’t you just slightly worried that there might be a hell? And when you meet God, can He send you there? That’s my only question. Third question, the only people politicizing this seem to be you because you’re the only one I got press releases for.

“Again, I’m from the New York Times, and I’m letting everyone on the New York Times know what holes you’re running into,” she added. “Congratulations on being a laughing stock.”

In a second message, Marquis raged: “You ate a vampire. I hope that there is a God in heaven who will judge you when you die. ”

In voicemail, Erin Marquis repeatedly says she’s from the New York Times and calls the group “vampires.”
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“Will @nytimes apologize and reprimand their ‘reporter’ Erin Marquis?” asked the National Association for Gun Rights on Twitter.

The sound triggered an investigation and suspension of the Marquis by the Times.

Wirecutter is a product review website that was purchased by the Times in 2016.

Marquis deleted his Twitter account. New York Times fires editor for obscene gun group voicemail

Tom Vazquez

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