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A former editor at the N.Y. Post says the paper is on a mission to destroy Barack Obama

From the Politico

Sandra Guzman, a former editor at the New York Post, has filed a lawsuit against her former employer with allegations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and “unlawful employment practices and retaliation.”

Huffington Post has the 36-page complaint, which details instances of sexual harassment involving top editor Col Allan. While those charges will likely get the most attention, Guzman — who spoke up against a controversial Post cartoon earlier this year — claims that the paper is out to get Obama.

    “The Post’s decision to publish the racist cartoon was part of a concerted effort at the Company to undermine President Obama’s authority and attack the first African-American President in this country’s history.”

Guzman also claims that D.C. bureau chief Charlie Hurt  “and a high ranking journalist at the newspaper  had confirmed to [her] that the Post had such a policy in place, telling her that the Post’s ‘goal is to destroy Barack Obama. We don’t want him to succeed.'” (Hurt didn’t respond to HuffPo.)

“This lawsuit has no merit and is based on charges that are groundless,” a Post spokesperson said in a statement to POLITICO.  “As previously stated, Ms. Guzman’s position was eliminated when the section she edited was discontinued due to a decline in advertising sales.”

The Post’s editorial page — viewed as a window into Rupert Murdoch’s head — endorsed Obama in the Democratic primary but went with John McCain in the general election.


It would hardly be news that the Post is not fond of the president and his policies but the idea that any paper would be out to destroy him – especially the Post – is ludicrous.  The Post is known more for salacious headlines and gossip than hard news.  Plus after it raised the price of the paper to 50 cents a day from 25 cents recently the circulation plummeted bringing into question any influence the paper has on the national agenda.


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