NYT’s Dean Baquet Walks Back Position on Racist Language: ‘Of Course Intent Matters’

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New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet reversed course on newsroom policy toward racist language, telling staffers in a meeting Thursday that “of course intent matters.”

The fresh directive from the top editor of the Times comes after an uproar in the newsroom over the case of veteran Times science reporter Don McNeil, who resigned after a Daily Beast report on his alleged use of racist language during a Times-sponsored student trip.

The Daily Beast reported in January that McNeil, as a guide on a 2019 trip with students to Peru, was accused of using racist language, making sexist remarks, not respecting local customs, and stereotyping Black teenagers while on the trip.
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