Lawsuit: New York Post’s Goal to ‘Destroy Barack Obama’
November 10, 2009
(ChattahBox)—-Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post Newspaper is the target of some embarrassing and alarming allegations in a lawsuit filed by a fired employee, involving workplace sexual harassment, bigotry, discrimination and an alleged stated goal of the newspaper to “destroy” President Obama. The 38-page complaint was filed by former employee Sandra Guzman and she claims she was fired in retaliation, after publicly condemning a racist cartoon published in the paper depicting President Obama as a dead chimpanzee.
Guzman named Murdoch’s News Corporation, the New York Post and the paper’s editor in chief Col Allan in her lawsuit, which alleges harassment as well as “unlawful employment practices and retaliation.” She likened the New York Post newsroom to a frat house, where racism and misogynistic behavior prevailed.
Guzman’s complaint also states that “Charles Hurt, the Post’s Washington D.C. Bureau Chief told Guzman that the Murdoch owned Post’s “goal is to destroy Barack Obama. We don’t want him to succeed.”
Rupert Murdoch also owns Fox News, which Fox News’ Senior Vice President for Programming, Bill Shine recently admitted had the goal of being “the voice of opposition” to the Obama administration. Murdoch also stated in a recent interview that he agrees with Glenn Beck that President Obama is a racist.
The allegations in Guzman’s lawsuit, if true, paint Rupert Murdoch owned newspapers and media outlets, as having a set agenda to slant news coverage to bring down the Obama administration.
Some of the more salacious allegations in the complaint are below, with many involving the paper’s editor in chief Col Allan:
“On one occasion when Ms. Guzman and three female employees of the Post were sharing drinks at an after-work function. Defendant Allan approached the group of women, pulled out his blackberry and asked them ‘What do you think of this?’ On his blackberry was a picture of a naked man lewdly and openly displaying his penis. When Ms. Guzman and the other female employees expressed their shock and disgust at being made to view the picture, Defendant Allan just smirked… [N]o investigation was ever conducted and the Company failed to take any steps to address her complaints.”
“A White male senior editor sexually propositioned a young female Copy Assistant, telling her that ‘If you give me a blowjob, I will give you a permanent reporter job.’”
“On another occasion, upon information and belief, Defendant Allan approached a female employee during a party at the Post, rubbed his penis up against her and made sexually suggestive comments about her body, including her breasts, causing that female employee to feel extremely uncomfortable and fearing to be alone with him.”
According to the suit, “The last five employees who were recently terminated by Paul Carlucci, the Publisher of the Post…. Have all been black and/or women of color.”
A spokesperson for the New York Post said the lawsuit “has no merit and is based on charges that are groundless.”
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