The New York Times let go a veteran reporter simply because of pressure to adhere to cancel culture. Donald McNeil Jr. had worked for the paper for 45 years, even serving as its head reporter covering the COVID-19 pandemic. However, comments that he made on a trip to Peru and the subsequent pressure of cancel culture led to him being relieved of his duties.

Background on Comment

During the trip, a student asked McNeil if he thought a classmate should have been suspended for using a racial slur in a video. McNeil used the N-word to clarify what the student was asking. Despite the fact that McNeil had not used the word as a racial slur, simply using it for clarification caused an uproar at the newspaper.

Times Launches Investigation

As a result of the incident, the newspaper launched an investigation into the incident. After reviewing the evidence, the publishing company decided not to terminate McNeil, noting that the reporter did not intend to be malicious when he used the offensive term. That should have been the end of it. However, over 150 staff members at the newspaper signed a letter demanding further discipline for McNeil. In the end, the pressure to resign was too much for McNeil, and he decided to leave his longtime post.

McNeil Another Victim of Cancel Culture

This story is just another in the line of respected professionals being forced out of their jobs because of cancel culture.

Most famously, John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s, and Netflix Chief Communications Officer Jonathan Friedland were also forced out of their jobs.