New York Times workers who signed a letter this week condemning the publication’s coverage of transgender issues were roundly criticized by the paper.
The second letter, this one coordinated by LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD and signed by activists and public personalities, accused the Times of “anti-trans bigotry” and partnering with “far-right hate groups.” Almost 200 workers signed the first letter.
The executive editor of The New York Times, Joseph Kahn, issued a message to the business in response to the letters.
Outside groups “often” criticize our coverage or mobilize supporters to try to influence our news, he added. Yet in this situation, we at The Times have the help of our staff and writers. Their protest letter singled out some of our coworkers for criticism.
In addition, “participation in such a campaign is against the word and spirit of our ethical policy,” the letter explained. Our journalists are not allowed to join lobbying organizations or participate in protests against public policy under this policy. We also have a strict policy against Times writers openly criticizing or showing support for the work of their colleagues in the media.
In continuation, the letter said that “our coverage of transgender topics, including the individual pieces picked out for assault, is essential, extensively documented, and compassionately written.” Despite this, the journalists who covered the stories were the targets of months of violence, intimidation, and threats. The letter also disregards The Times’ dedication to reporting on transgender issues from every angle, including transgender people’s, lived experiences and the discrimination and violence they face in our society. You may check out every story we’ve ever written about right here; doing so will prove that their claims are baseless.
The corporation acknowledged in the letter that some of its workers identify as transgender and that the topic of transgenderism is controversial.
The letter continued, “Even when we don’t agree, constructive criticism from caring colleagues, conveyed politely and through the correct channels, enriches our report.” Participation by Times journalists in protests organized by advocacy organizations or assaults on colleagues on social media or other public venues are not encouraged and will not be tolerated. Journalists in this day and age face constant criticism, even though their work is crucial to society. We will always do our best to keep them safe and provide for them. As a result of their efforts, our school has become well-known and respected.