Times disciplined him for “statements and language that had been inappropriate and inconsistent with our values”
A New York Times science and health reporter used racist, sexist and other offensive language when he led a Times-branded student trip to Peru in 2019, according to a Thursday report from the Daily Beast.
According to parent and student complaints uncovered by the Daily Beast, Donald G. McNeil Jr. — a prominent COVID-19 reporter for the paper — used the “n-word,” said that white supremacy did not exist and made other disrespectful comments about Black teenagers.
In a statement sent to TheWrap, a Times spokesperson confirmed that McNeil participated in the student trip in 2019 and that the company “disciplined” McNeil for “statements and language that had been inappropriate and inconsistent with our values.”
“We conducted a thorough investigation and disciplined Donald for statements and language that had been inappropriate and inconsistent with our values. We found he had used bad judgement by repeating a racist slur in the context of a conversation about racist language. In addition, we apologized to the students who had participated in the trip,” the spokesperson said.
The Times did not comment further on how McNeil was reprimanded for his language.
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