The Santa Barbara News-Press apologized on Wednesday after a reporter’s name was altered using anti-gay slurs in the print edition of its Christmas Day paper.
The reporter, Paul Gonzalez, had his name altered to read ““Paul Gayzalez, News-Press Faggoat.”
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Wrote Director of News Operations Donald Katich: “In Monday’s News-Press, one of our employees changed another employee’s byline to reflect an offensive slur. The News-Press has taken immediate and swift action with this employee; we do not tolerate any form of harassment in the workplace. We apologize to our readers.”
The byline is unaltered in the online version of the story. Katich told SF Gate that the employee behind the change “is represented by the Teamsters. There is a process we are obligated to follow when it comes to discipline or termination. The employee is no longer in the building.”