The New York Times Did the Right Thing With Glenn Thrush

They struck the right balance between discipline and grace.

I am not a Glenn Thrush fan. I think his Twitter feed, even excluding the Podesta emails, shows him to be left leaning and often unwilling to entertain a conservative perspective on things. But I also read his reporting and, while knowing all that, also know he is capable of solid reporting.

But Thrush has behaved badly with several women. He behaved inappropriately and got suspended from the Times. Glenn Thrush also has a drinking problem and, unlike some, went to actual rehab. I really think we should not be further destroying lives, but showing grace in rebuilding lives where possible. And that includes reporters with whom I may disagree.

Glenn Thrush has a drinking problem. It will haunt him as it does all those in that situation. He does not need to be haunted also about job stress and employment, particularly when he has shown himself to be competent and there is no evidence that a Glenn Thrush who has put drinking behind him will behave like he had.

People deserve fresh starts. The Times is going to give him one after appropriate discipline and removing him from the White House beat. That's fair. And it is graceful of them to let him stay when the media is in a high pressure environment right now on these issues. They should be applauded and we should all be praying for Glenn and his family as he makes a fresh go at reporting.

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Jules
Jules

What is "obvious" to someone who is biased is not necessary accurate. President Trump is repeatedly accused of admitting to grabbing women by the genitals, yet the transcript of his comment shows that he was talking about being in a position where women make themselves available to him because he was a "star", was interrupted by Billy Bush giggling and interjecting himself into the comment, and and then picked up the train of thought and said, of those women, he could grab them, etc. and they wouldn't care. Even Bush recently admitted this, though in his weasel worded way he pandered to the anti-Trumpists by adding that he thought Trump had done this, even though he never said he did. The other claims against Trump may or may not be true, but without verification they only provide fuel for a mob mentality that wants to condemn people based on claims, not demanding proof. Ditto for the claims against Moore. As I have said, I am a lot more comfortable with another creep in Congress, or even in the White House, than I am with mob rule and the suspension of due process and the assumption of innocent until proven guilty. I also believe in redemption, and that people can and do change, rejecting errors (often of character) from their younger years.

ShelleyD
ShelleyD

President Trump and Judge Moore de

continue to deny all harassment allegations. How can you show grace for people who cannot acknowlege the obvious.

TheDancer16
TheDancer16

Well said Mr Kern

MarkBerwind
MarkBerwind

As much distasteful reporting, sexual harassment and alcohol, during this War on Men, why do you accept his "exceptional" reporting to be a factor in this decision, when others had been fired, or campaigned against, with vigor for mere allegations? Is he a friend? I don't understand. Either we end this "War on Men" before it is too late, or we let evil people make evil judgements and ruin society, just a little bit more. I sense that all these charges of sexual harrassment, including the one about a DJ in Denver who "allegedly placed his hand on Taylor Swift's derriere are now being made for inclusion in a group(#metoo) and derision of men. I'm certainly glad I'm old enough, and out of a situation many men are now placed in. Glenn Thrush is no better than anyone else, if there was evidence of a crime, and should be treated as the rest, though. If there was never any real evidence, I'd agree with you. As it stands, I would do everything to fire him, outright. He is no better than anyone else, and reporting the news is not exempt.

thesage
thesage

Mr. Kern's first sentence is spot on. Merry Christmas y'all...