The New York Times on Friday confirmed that it fired an editor of its product review division after the former employee left a profanity-laced voicemail for a pro-Second Amendment group.
What's a very brief history here?
"Wirecutter" editor Erin Marquis went viral in early December after she left a voicemail for the Michigan chapter of the National Association for Gun Rights calling gun rights supporters "f***ing a**holes."
Marquis lambasted the group after it sent an e-mailer calling for the preservation of the Second Amendment.
The group sent the message as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) attempted to pass new gun control laws in the wake of the Oxford High School mass killing.
“The only people politicizing this seems to be you, because you’re the only people I got a f***ing press release from,” she said. “Again, I am from the New York Times, and I am letting everyone in the New York Times know what kind of f***ing a**holes you are. Congrats on being a laughingstock.”
"I hope that there is a God in heaven, so He judges you when you die," Marquis railed and called the group "f***ing ghouls."
At that time, the Times launched an investigation into the voicemail.
In the days following the controversy, Dudley Brown — president of the National Association for Gun Rights — told CNBC, "We’re not surprised that an angry, liberal, anti-gun New York Times reporter would show their true colors and wish we’d burn in hell — we’re just glad she was actually foolish enough to leave two voicemails for us to laugh at, and then publish."
What are the details?
A spokesperson for the Times told both the Daily Caller News Foundation and the Washington Post that Marquis had since been fired over the ordeal.
"The employee has been terminated from Wirecutter following our investigation related to inappropriate behavior,” the spokesperson said. “We expect our employees to behave in a way that is consistent with our values and commitment to the highest ethical standards."
The Times added, "Repeatedly invoking the New York Times’s name in an unprofessional way that imperils the reputation of Wirecutter, The Times, and all of our journalists is a clear violation of our policies and cannot be tolerated."
The Post reported that Marquis could not be reached for comment.