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NYT leadership sends email promising ‘action’ over Donald McNeil Jr. controversy

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Leadership at the New York Times sent an office-wide email Wednesday promising “concrete actions” in response to the controversy surrounding Donald McNeil Jr.

The health and science reporter has been accused of saying the N-word and other offensive remarks on a company-sponsored student trip to Peru in 2019.

The email — from Times publisher Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, editor Dean Baquet and CEO Meredith Kopit Levien — came after staffers sent a letter to Sulzberger, expressing “pain and concern” over the company’s handling of the accusations.

“In often raw and searching conversations over the last several days with hundreds of people on our staff … we have made clear that we are determined to learn the right lessons from this incident and take concrete actions to improve our workplace culture, ensure the integrity of our journalism, and examine the way we manage behavioral problems among members of the staff,” the email, which was obtained by The Post, said.

“We are determined to create clearer guidelines and enforcement about conduct in the workplace, including red-line issues on racist language,” it continued.

The message also said “personnel issues” are not resolved overnight. They “often involve legal and union protections and other considerations that take time to work through.”

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