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NY Times fires Wirecutter section editor Marquis

December 17, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

The New York Times has fired an editor for Wirecutter, its popular product recommendation service, who was accused of leaving profane voice mails for a gun rights advocacy group, reports Jeremy Barr of The Washington Post.

Barr reports, “The editor, Erin Marquis, had joined Wirecutter in July as lead editor for a section of the reviews site.

“On Dec. 2, two days after a high school student shot and killed four classmates in Michigan, Marquis posted a message on Twitter criticizing a group called Great Lakes Gun Rights for urging supporters to oppose gun control legislation proposed in the aftermath of the shooting.

“‘Just got a news release from the Great Lakes Gun Rights organization about protecting gun rights from democrats in Michigan and I am literally shaking with rage,’ wrote Marquis, who has since deleted her Twitter account following online criticism that she had violated journalism standards by promoting a political viewpoint. ‘I hope there is a God and they meet that God someday.’ She also tweeted out a phone number and email address for the group, which is the Michigan state affiliate of the National Association for Gun Rights.”

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