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.