Glenn Thrush on Tuesday will return to the Washington bureau of the New York Times after serving a suspension relating to allegations that he’d behaved inappropriately toward female colleagues in the past. “Glenn Thrush will be back in the bureau on Tuesday, Jan. 30. His new beat will be the social safety net in the age of Trump, particularly HUD and HHS,” reads a short internal memo from New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller.
A Nov. 20 story by Laura McGann of Vox.com — under the headline “Exclusive: NYT White House correspondent Glenn Thrush’s history of bad judgment around young women journalists” — alleged that Thrush had pursued young female colleagues at social events while at Politico. In one instance, he allegedly planted a wet kiss on a colleague’s ear, and he also made advances on a young woman at (and after) a party near Politico’s Rosslyn office last June. Though Thrush didn’t admit to all of the allegations in the story, he released a statement that read in part, “The woman involved was upset by my actions and for that I am deeply sorry,” in relation to the June episode. “Over the past several years, I have responded to a succession of personal and health crises by drinking heavily. During that period, I have done things that I am ashamed of, actions that have brought great hurt to my family and friends.”
The New York Times responded by suspending Thrush and launching an investigation into his actions. He underwent counseling. The newspaper last month announced that he would return to work, though he would no longer be covering the White House, a choice beat under the mercurial and mendacious President Trump. Thrush’s persona was featured in several “Saturday Night Live” skits that satirized former press secretary Sean Spicer’s incomprehensible clashes with the White House press corps. He also shared a byline on the famous “bathrobe” story.
When the Erik Wemple Blog tweeted about Thrush’s new assignment, a common response drilled in on the gender sensitivity of his new bailiwick:
We’ve asked Thrush for comment and will update this post if we get one.
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