** UPDATE: Ousted Unethical New York Times Editor Finds Perfect New Home at Unethical New York Magazine **
Former New York Times Styles editor, Choire Sicha, after being “mysteriously” demoted, has now abruptly departed The NY Times entirely.
Sicha’s ousting occurs amidst a swirl of “rumors” that he was complicit in the institutional oppression of Asians and women, by condoning bigotry and sexism on multiple occasions throughout the history of his editorship (at The Times and prior). Additionally and most notably, Sicha evidently colluded in the plagiarism and years-long violent harassment of Filipina-American author Abbe Diaz, whose chronicle is currently magnified under the systemic racism microscope, due to the recent spate of hate crimes perpetrated against Asian-Americans.
As of June 7 2021, New York Magazine has announced its harboring of Sicha by bestowing upon him the title of “Editor-at-Large,” which is well in keeping with NY Mag’s own established commitment to suppress WOC author Abbe Diaz, in favor of its darling powerful white men.
– In 2008, Diaz’s reasonable and incisive rebuttal was deleted/ censored from the comment section of New York Magazine’s Grubstreet blog, despite Diaz being the main subject of a flagrantly biased article which blatantly disparaged her.
– In 2013, Diaz’s informative responses were also deleted/censored from libelous New York Magazine “reportage” that blindly reiterated a reprehensibly erroneous New York Post article regarding the businesses of Diaz’s husband. It was the second time that New York Magazine had mistakenly reported the same gross inaccuracies, completely ignoring the facts contained in official New York State and federal court transcripts.
– It’s also worth noting that Diaz’s second book, PX Me – The Sequel to PX This, contains cogent deductions that New York Magazine commissioned author Jay McInerney to pen a multi-page “damage-control” essay in favor of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, immediately following the release of PX This, Diaz’s published diary and exposé of Vongerichten’s enterprise. (Vongerichten, a white male chef, operated a very famous “clean Chinese” restaurant, which employed Diaz as its maitre d’hôtel. Diaz eventually quit due to discrimination and workplace abuse, which she chronicled as a daily journal and later published.)
McInerney’s essay, which blatantly attempted “practically line for line,” to dispel Diaz’s multiple allegations of wrongdoing perpetrated by Jean-Georges’s organization, failed to mention and/or acknowledge the existence of PX This, despite the essay’s obvious intent to mitigate Diaz’s assertions. McInerney’s reportage without proper context constitutes a glaring journalistic ethical violation. The resultant “advertorial” in favor of Jean-Georges was not disclosed nor delineated as such in any way, despite being conveniently/ contemporaneously featured on the cover of New York Magazine. The article further failed to disclose that McInerney’s live-in girlfriend at the time, publicist Jeanine Peplar, had openly admitted to having received and read PX This in consideration for her imprint, Rugged Land. [Pepler rejected the manuscript.]
Jean-Georges’s organization was later implicated in the misappropriation of workers’ tips, resulting in a class-action lawsuit and court settlement of $1.75M.
–Diaz’s blog details other examples of journalistic misdeeds on the part of New York Magazine, including the falsification and misrepresentation of information presented in its regular and special feature stories. Diaz was also subjected, for years, to journalistic transgressions and unethical deeds of varying degrees on multiple accounts— including libel, censorship, and unwarranted denigration— by Gawker, The New York Post, Eater, etc. It’s notable that Eater’s founder was a former managing editor of Gawker, and that other former/ current New York magazine editors were also former head editors of Gawker.
In short, Sicha and New York Magazine appear to be a match made in… somewhere.
[ hashtag journalismism ]
“the way… women are silenced doesn’t always look like moustache-twirling villainy… it’s people who think of themselves as being reasonable and compassionate… becoming examples of moral cowardice – because that’s their cost‑benefit analysis.” – Ronan Farrow