Another 'woke' newsroom ousts another boss

Thursday, September 24, 2020
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Mao-era dunce capNational Public Radio has never been accused of being a conservative news outlet but a top executive has now stepped down after failing to prove his wokeness to angry employees.

Jon McTaggart, president and CEO of American Public Media, which oversees Minnesota Public Radio, announced this week he was stepping down from what The Minneapolis Star Tribune called a radio “empire” that includes numerous public radio outlets.

That empire apparently crumbled under the weight of angry employees who are demanding what the Tribune called "sweeping changes" that include improving the work environment for women and for "journalists of color." 

According to the Tribune, MPR employees were angered after executives fired radio host Garrett McQueen, the station's only black classical music host, but the news story points out that McQueen was warned to stop changing the playlist for the overnight program Classical 24.

New York Times buildingWhy did McQueen change it? The music was dominated by “dead white men,” he told MPR News after his firing.

Two company executives told the Tribune that McQueen was repeatedly warned about his action and was fired for refusing to follow protocol.

Minneapolis is ground zero for violent riots after the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, violence that has now spread across the country, and Curtis Houck of Media Research Center says he feels sorry for the people of Minneapolis who are likely tired of the racial turmoil.

“It's one more thing going on in Minneapolis, and in the Twin Cities,” he says, “where wokeness is getting out of control.”

Houck tells OneNewsNow that McTaggart’s departure reminds him of the “woke” newsroom at The New York Times, where the newspaper’s opinion editor was forced to quit in June after publishing an op-ed written by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton.


Not done with ousting James Bennett, the newsroom then went after columnist Bari Weiss. She stepped down in mid-July only after writing a scathing resignation letter describing a hostile work environment. She accused the newsroom of “constant bullying” by colleagues who called her a Nazi and a racist, and other colleagues have called her a “liar and a bigot” in Twitter posts “with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.”

In the current times we are living in, Houck says, “wokeness” is trumping facts and American journalism is suffering for it.


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