Does NYT apply consistent standards when evaluating alleged racial or sexual misconduct? Or does it switch standards based on internal pressure?

Regardless of what the right standard is, these cases suggest pressure, not principle, is driving outcomes. /1
McNeil says he used a slur only in the context of attributing it to someone else, and only when that incident was raised by another person.

I don't know how accurate that account (below) is. But after hearing it and other evidence, @deanbaquet decided he shouldn't be fired. /2 Image
On Jan. 28, Baquet wrote: “it did not appear to me that his intentions were hateful or malicious. ... in such cases people should be told they were wrong and given another chance.”

On Feb. 5, Baquet wrote that McNeil's resignation was “the right next step.”

What changed? /3
The only answer offered by NYT is that “Times staff members sent a letter to the publisher” objecting to giving “a prominent platform” to someone who used “language that is offensive and unacceptable by any newsroom’s standards.”

Did the letter address the mitigating context? /4
Mills, like McNeil, says his own behavior was wrong but gives mitigating details. Here's his account:

His story might be incomplete or inaccurate. And we can argue about what standard to apply in judging it. I'm asking whether the standard has changed. /5
Mills says, "When I started working at The Times, in 2016, I was open with my bosses and colleagues about this experience and what I’d learned from it. ... they appreciated my candor and defended me."

Now he says he's resigning due to "the pressure of [an] online campaign." /6
None of this justifies aggression, disrespect, or causing needless offense. You shouldn't sexualize colleagues or casually quote slurs.

But should the penalty be resignation, regardless of context? And why did NYT, in a week, apparently change its position on that question? /END

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