Conservatives purged from USA Today newsrooms by ‘diversity committees’, claims former editor


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A former USA Today associate editor published an opinion column in the New York Post blaming his former employer for demoting him for tweeting that only women get pregnant.

The author claimed his fate was a consequence of newsroom scrutiny by USA Today’s “diversity committees.” He also warned that it would eventually backfire after losing “half their potential readership to pursue their militant member’s narrow political agendas”.

Former deputy editorial page editor Dave Mastio published the story berating his former employer in the New York Post on Thursday. It started with a brief summary of what allegedly happened to her after she offended woke staff members with her tweet stating that women were getting pregnant.

“I know something about Gannett’s evolution from when I was deputy editorial page editor for USA Today until August when I was demoted after tweeting, ‘Pregnant people are too women,” he said.

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According to Mastio, a fellow USA Today reporter who was on the “diversity, equity and inclusion” beat, had written an article insisting that “transgender men can get pregnant.” Mastio claimed, “I have compounded my sin against this new orthodoxy by calling the idea that men can get pregnant an ‘opinion’.”

USA Today slammed by former deputy editor who claims leftists have taken over his newsrooms.

USA Today slammed by former deputy editor who claims leftists have taken over his newsrooms.
(USA TODAY)

The former deputy editor alleged his employer threatened him with demotion if he refused to delete his tweets. “If I wanted to keep a job at USA Today, my bosses informed me, I had to delete these offensive tweets because they caused pain for LGBTQ activists and our staff reporters.”

In a corresponding Twitter thread, Mastio provided more details on his ousting. “Young woke staff activists had been fighting for months to erase the ‘discriminatory’ and ‘hateful’ phrase ‘pregnant women’ from USAT. Last August, they finally succeeded in replacing it with ‘pregnant people’ in a news alert after CDC used the same language,” he tweeted, before detailing how he got off the line.

“I sub-tweeted them saying ‘people who get pregnant are also called women.’ @susmiller [Susan Miller]a USA TODAY editor chided me for sending a link to the USA TODAY news article that detailed the lives of trans men who had babies,” Mastio claimed.

After repeating on Twitter that he claimed that was not his “opinion”, Mastio tweeted: “For this I was demoted from Associate Editorial Page Editor and initially threatened with a $30,000 a year pay cut.”

Back in his New York Post column, Mastio alleged that “the LGBTQ employee resource group and the newsroom’s ‘diversity’ committee thought I should be fired.” Although Mastio never indicated that he had been terminated, he only noted on Twitter that after having to attend “several meetings with the ‘diversity’ committee and the LGBTQ employee resource committee”, he “has left the company.

"Diversity committees" invaded USA Today, say former employees.  (Photo by: Newscast/UIG via Getty Images)

“Diversity committees” have taken over USA Today, say former employees. (Photo by: Newscast/UIG via Getty Images)

The rest of his column was devoted to warning shareholders of Gannett (the parent company of USA Today) that they are “taken for a ride” by the company which tells them that their “newspapers in dozens of states will adopt the diversity, reflect their communities, and create a single, accurate vision of America that millions will pay for.”

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Mastio criticized this topic of discussion and asserted its opposite, writing: “Gannett’s top writers and editors fill the company with a cadre of young college graduates who share a narrow ‘woke’ ideology that is alien to the values ​​of the most of its readers. He also alleged that Gannett had “a grand total of one local conservative columnist”, “one conservative editorial page remaining”, and “zero conservative editorial cartoonists remaining in the network”.

He also alleged that members of the aforementioned “diversity committee” are “digging through unpublished articles and trying to smear those that go against their agenda.” He added that “the few controversial conservative columns that do pass the gauntlet need to be matched with content more supportive of the diversity ideology.”

Additionally, Mastio revealed that “employees at regional design centers—the people who lay out newspapers—have the ability to kill the conservative columns that local opinion editors select.”

His general point was that “if woke news service staffers have anything like the influence in news that they have in opinion, half of our potential subscribers have no chance of seeing their opinions. fairly represented.

Former United States Editorial Page Deputy Editor Dave Mastio Finally Tweets His Opinion After Being Released From USA Today

Former United States Editorial Page Deputy Editor Dave Mastio Finally Tweets His Opinion After Being Released From USA Today

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Mastio closed the column by saying that “Gannett and the top executives of USA Today” have “lost control of its newsrooms, which write off half of their potential readers to pursue narrow political agendas of activists. It won’t take long before it hits the bottom line – if it hasn’t already.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to Gannett for comment, though they have yet to respond.


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