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Veteran NYT Reporter Investigated for Racist and Sexist Language

HeadlineJan 29, 2021

In media news, The Daily Beast reports New York Times science and health reporter Donald McNeil Jr. was under investigation over offensive and racist comments he allegedly made while leading a trip to Peru with high school students in 2019. After the trip, several of the students told their parents McNeil had repeatedly made sexist comments and used the N-word. New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said the investigation concluded McNeil’s “remarks were offensive and that he showed extremely poor judgment, but it did not appear to me that his intentions were hateful.” McNeil has been at the paper since 1976 and is now a top coronavirus correspondent. 

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