Political reporter Glenn Thrush has "acted offensively" toward women—but not so offensively that the New York Times believes he should be fired, executive editor Dean Baquet says. The Times says Thrush, who has been on the paper's White House beat since January and was suspended without pay after accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced a month ago, will be suspended for another month, and will be removed from the White House team when he returns. Baquet says Thrush, 50, is independently undergoing counseling and substance abuse rehab, and will also be given "training to improve his workplace conduct." In a Vox story last month, four women described unwanted kissing and touching from Thrush.
"We understand that our colleagues and the public at large are grappling with what constitutes sexually offensive behavior in the workplace and what consequences are appropriate," Baquet said. "Each case has to be evaluated based on individual circumstances. We believe this is an appropriate response to Glenn’s situation." At Vox, Laura McGann, one of the young journalists Thrush targeted, describes the case as an "early test" of what organizations do with men who are accused of sexual misconduct but who "aren't Harvey Weinstein." "We know what to do when the accusations are monstrous," she writes. "But what do we do when accusations are bad, or even terrible, but fall below the bar set by the worst of the worst?"