Mooch's Revenge? Ryan Lizza Fired by The New Yorker

The longtime Washington correspondent has been accused of 'improper sexual conduct'
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2017 6:05 PM CST
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(Newser) – Ryan Lizza has joined Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, and Mark Halperin on the list of big-name journalists who have recently lost their jobs after being accused of sexual misconduct. Today, the New Yorker announced that they had fired their longtime Washington correspondent for engaging in "improper sexual conduct," the Hill reports. In a statement the magazine said, "The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct. We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza." In response, Lizza said he was "dismayed" at the New Yorker's action, saying the magazine had mischaracterized a relationship he had with a woman as "somehow inappropriate" and was "unable to cite any company policy that was violated."

A lawyer for the accuser, Douglas Wigdor, responded to Lizza's defense in a statement, saying, "In no way did Mr. Lizza's misconduct constitute a 'respectful relationship.'" In addition to writing for the New Yorker since 2007, Lizza has also been an on-air contributor to CNN. After news of Lizza's firing broke, the station announced that it had suspended him "while we look into this matter," the USA Today reports. Lizza is perhaps most famous for publishing the long, profanity-fueled tirade that led to the resignation of Anthony Scaramucci from the White House in July. Appearing on a podcast last week, Scaramucci said about Lizza, “This guy’s obviously a very bad actor. Karma’s a bitch. It’ll come back and bite him. You’ll see."

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