Nine months later, that cartoon likening President Obama to a dead chimpanzee continues to plague the New York Post. Yesterday, another former reporter sued the tabloid for racial discrimination, citing the cartoon as evidence that the paper discriminates against its black reporters.
Austin Fenner, a black reporter who was fired on November 10–the same day former editor Sandra Guzman sued the paper for her dismissal, which she claims was because she criticized the cartoon. Mr. Fenner also made his feelings known–saying it “churned my stomach when I saw it”–in a Richard Prince piece on the paper’s racial problems that ran online February.
Mr. Fenner’s suit alleges he was cursed at, barred from the newsroom for several months, sent on longer reporting trips and generally forced to work in a “Jim Crow”-like atmosphere. And it claims that “pervasive racism at the Company was made clear to all of its employees” in February, when the paper ran the infamous cartoon. Mr. Fenner also claims that the paper refused an interview offer from Governor Paterson to talk about the cartoon–and anything else they might want to ask about–which the suit says the paper has never done to a white governor.