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New Yorker Fires Editor Publicly Critical of Publication's Internal Workings

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 July 2022 01:25 PM EDT

New Yorker Archive Editor Erin Overbey posted on Twitter Tuesday that the publication, of which she was publicly critical, fired her "effective immediately."

"So, the New Yorker has fired me, effective immediately," Overbey posted Tuesday in a lengthy thread on the social media platform. "I'm speaking with the union about potentially filing a grievance on the termination."

Newsmax reported July 19 that Overbey took to social media to accuse Editor-in-Chief David Remnick of purposely inserting inaccurate information into her work as punishment for going public with what she saw as inequities in the way of dealing with men and women at the publication, and to "intimidate and silence her."

Overbey said she was targeted and put on administrative review after complaining in an internal email, and eventually on social media, that the publication employed a "double standard," and was sexist toward women.

''These publications tend to claim that all they want is for people to voice these concerns in-house — away from social media and the eyes of the public. But we all know that's not really true," Newsmax reported Overbey as saying. "Many employees who try to voice concerns in-house are often labeled problematic or penalized — all of which is to say that I've been under a tremendous amount of pressure lately due to my persistence and consistency in speaking up and refusing to stay quiet about workplace inequality.''

In the article, a spokesman for The New Yorker denied claims of Remnick putting errors into Overbey's work.

"The New Yorker is deeply committed to accuracy, and to suggest that anyone here would ever knowingly introduce errors into a story, for any reason, is absurd and just plain wrong,'' the publication’s spokesman said at the time.

Overbey, however, said in several posts on Twitter on Tuesday that the publication has never "contested the facts" of her complaints, which she said started noticing disparities regarding equity and inclusion in 2019, causing her to begin "tracking diversity data" at the magazine.

"At the time, I was growing increasingly concerned that 1) no Black editors for feature pieces existed then at The New Yorker; and 2) this meant that almost none of the longform feature pieces — those sent up for Pulitzers, etc. — had been edited by a Black editor in nearly 15 years," she said in a post.

But it was after a June 14 internal email Overbey sent expressing her concerns about gender inequity that she was put "under review" three days later, she said.

"Whenever you raise concerns, criticisms, or alarms about one of the most powerful institutions in media, they will use every tool at their disposal to oppose you. That is their prerogative," she said in another tweet Tuesday. "But I will defend myself in the strongest of terms."

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New Yorker Archive Editor Erin Overbey posted on Twitter on Tuesday that the publication, of which she was publicly critical, fired her "effective immediately."
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Tuesday, 26 July 2022 01:25 PM
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