3:26 pm Oct. 17, 2012
Andrew Goldman will continue to write The New York Times Magazine's "Talk" column, despite an incident last week in which he was scolded by Times public editor Margaret Sullivan for a "Twitter outburst" that was "insulting and profane."
But the Times has also decided effectively to suspend him from writing the column for four weeks, Capital has learned.
Goldman had been chastised for a defensive Twitter comment to the writer Jennifer Weiner in which he suggested that she "would have liked at least to have had [the] opportunity to sleep [her] way to [the] top." (His remark came in response to Weiner's earlier tweet in which she criticized Goldman for a question from his latest column in which he asked the actress Tippi Hedren whether Hedren had ever considered "sleeping her way to the top.")
Sullivan subsequently took Goldman to task on her blog. But she did not reach out to him for comment prior to writing that, "Given his misbehavior on Twitter and his status as a highly replaceable freelancer, I think his editors are extraordinarily generous" to give him the chance to keep writing for the magazine.
Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren told Capital in a statement provided by a Times spokesperson that Goldman would in fact keep the column, after serving a sort of suspension: "In light of his recent comments on Twitter, Andrew will not be contributing the Talk column to the Magazine for four weeks, beginning Oct. 28. He'll be back with the column after that."
On Wednesday, New York Times standards editor Phil Corbett issued a reminder to Times writers about social media decorum. Sullivan posted the full memo on her blog, emphasizing the part pertaining to freelancers:
As with all of our ethics guidelines, these principles also apply to freelancers in connection with their work for The Times. Readers do not distinguish among bylines, and regular contributors in particular are closely associated with The Times. Editors have a responsibility to ensure that freelancers understand their obligation to protect The Times’s reputation.
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