The parent company of the D.C.-based Washington Examiner is reportedly launching an investigation into the right-leaning outlet’s “culture, policies and actions” after recently firing two employees accused of misconduct.
Ryan McKibben, the Clarity Media Group executive who oversees the Examiner, said in a Friday statement to CNN Business, “Over the last two weeks, we received reports about unacceptable behavior allegedly engaged in by two Washington Examiner staffers. We immediately investigated those allegations. The staffers that were the subjects of those reports are no longer employed by the Washington Examiner.
“The actions and behavior of those two former employees do not reflect the culture that we demand at the Washington Examiner,” the statement added. “We are initiating an internal investigation through an independent third party to determine what, if any, additional actions are needed to ensure that our culture, policies and actions appropriately support all of our employees.”
The announcement comes after Toby Harnden, a British journalist who joined the Examiner as managing editor in 2018, was fired from the outlet Monday over text messages and secret audio recordings of him allegedly making sexist and homophobic remarks about staffers. Last month, the Examiner’s breaking news editor Jon Nicosia was fired for reportedly sending a tweet containing a lewd video to colleagues on Slack.
Hugo Gurdon, the Examiner’s editor-in-chief, said in an email to staff Friday that he fully supports the investigation.
“I fully support this effort and hope you will join me in being transparent and forthright as the investigation is conducted, and that you will also join me in ensuring that all of us work in an environment about which we can be proud,” Gurdon wrote, CNN reported.
“What we are going through now is regrettable but temporary, but our commitment to the future is long term,” he added. “Part of that future is my personal commitment to each of you that we will not allow any of our employees to be subjected to unacceptable, unsupportive, or unprofessional behavior.”
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