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Long-time editor of ‘Dallas Voice,’ John Wright, terminated over questionable circumstances

John Wright, editor of the Dallas Voice for six-and-half-years, has announced on his Facebook page that he has been terminated. The statement reads in full:

“OK so here goes. I have poured my heart and soul into Dallas Voice for the last six-and-a-half years. I’ve worked my ass off for minimal pay because I loved my job and I loved fighting for equality. As a reward, I was unceremoniously fired Monday for alleged insubordination, which is a totally false and slanderous charge. I can tell you that I did absolutely nothing wrong, and my termination was unjust, immoral and just plain wrong. Roughly six months ago, the original owner of the Voice, Robert Moore, sold the newspaper to his ex-husband whom he had recently divorced, Terry Thompson, and the longtime sales director, Leo Cusimano. Since then, things have gone steadily downhill. In my opinion, the new owners of the Voice are interested in nothing but profit. They don’t seem to care about the LGBT community or their employees, and they certainly don’t care about doing good journalism. They want an editor who will write puff pieces about their advertisers instead of reporting the facts, and I refused to be that editor. For example, last week we reported on the new dress code at Dallas Pride. Organizers of the parade are among the Voice’s biggest advertisers, and they were not at all happy when this became a national story. They blamed me for it. I also raised objections about the cover of our Pride issue because I didn’t think it included enough minorities, and specifically African Americans. In response, I was shouted down and told, “That’s not our market.” These are just a few examples of what I have endured for the last several months. The new owners wanted to get rid of me, so they fabricated something out of thin air. Of course, they waited to do this until I had just closed on a house. This whole thing is a total outrage, and I’m still in shock over it. If you’re reading this, I hope that you will help me do something about it. The LGBT community needs to take back its Voice.

LGBTweekly,com reached out to Leo Cusimano, the publisher of DallasVoice.com, and asked him to respond to some of Wright’s allegations. Here’s what he had to say:

“Well, I haven’t seen all the comments he has made on Facebook. He’s blocked me from his Facebook account. Really, John has opinions and we have ours and they are not the same. We stand by the actions we took. We really see this as an internal employee matter for the most part. It’s unfortunate that he has published some inaccurate information.”

 



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Posted by Associate Editor on Sep 19, 2013. Filed under Around the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “Long-time editor of ‘Dallas Voice,’ John Wright, terminated over questionable circumstances”

  1. Where is Dallas? Why do we care? Goodbye/

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