Media Moves

Reuters markets editor loses job over Coulter book

October 9, 2006

Joe Maguire, a markets editor at Reuters, has lost his job because he wrote a book about Ann Coulter, according to a story in the New York Times.As a result, the markets team at the wire service took a “group coffee break” on Thursday as a show of support, reported Noam Cohen. Neither side would tell Cohen that Maguire had been fired.

Brainless: The Lifes and Lunacy of Ann CoulterCohen wrote, “On Friday, the employee said, there was a meeting with Reuters management informing the workers there that Mr. Maguire would no longer be working there and that they ‘weren’t allowed to ask why.’ Printed copies of the principles of trust were handed out, however.”

Earlier, he wrote, “Reuters confirmed that Mr. Maguire was granted conditional approval to write his book on Ms. Coulter — a conservative lightning rod, author and TV talking head. When asked what changed once the book was ready, a company statement pointed to Reuters’ principles of ‘integrity, independence and freedom from bias.’ The statement reads: ‘Our editorial policy and The Reuters Trust Principles are prominently displayed for all to see on www.about.reuters.com. Mr. Maguire’s book will soon be available. Both speak for themselves.'”

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