The author claimed that his plight was a consequence of USA Today’s “diversity committees” controlling newsrooms. He also warned that it will ultimately backfire after they’ve lost “half their potential readers to pursue their activist staffer’s narrow political agendas.”
Former deputy editorial page editor Dave Mastio published the piece rebuking his old employer in the New York Post on Thursday. It began with a quick summary of what allegedly happened to him after he offended the woke staffers with his tweet stating that women get pregnant.
“I know something about Gannett’s evolution since I was USA Today’s deputy editorial page editor until August, when I was demoted after I tweeted, ‘People who are pregnant are also women,’” he claimed.
According to Mastio, a fellow USA Today reporter, who was on the “diversiteit, equity and inclusion” beat had written a story insisting that “transgender men can get pregnant.” Mastio claimed, “I compounded my sin against this new orthodoxy by calling the idea that men can get pregnant an ‘opinion.’”
The former deputy editor alleged that his employer threatened him with a demotion if he refused to delete his tweets. “If I wanted to keep any job at USA Today, my bosses informed me, I needed to delete these offensive tweets because they were causing pain to the LGBTQ activists and journalists on our staff.”
In a corresponding Twitter thread, Mastio provided further details as to his ousting. “Young woke activists on staff had been fighting for months to scrub the ‘discriminatory’ and ‘hateful’ phrase ‘pregnant women’ from USAT. Last August, they finally succeeded in replacing it with ‘pregnant people’ in a breaking news alert after the CDC used the same language,” het hy getwiet, before detailing how he stepped out of line.
“I subtweeted them saying ‘the people who get pregnant are also called women.’ @susmiller [Susan Miller], a USA TODAY news editor rebuked me by sending a link to USA TODAY’s ‘news’ story that detailed the lives of trans men who had babies,” Mastio claimed.
After reiterating on Twitter how he claimed that wasn’t his “opinie,” Mastio tweeted, “Vir dit, I was demoted from Deputy Editorial Page Editor and initially threatened with a $ 30,000 a year pay cut.”
Back in his New York Post column, Mastio alleged that “that the LGBTQ Employee Resource Group and the newsroom ‘diversity’ committee thought I should be fired.” Though Mastio never indicated he was fired, he only noted on Twitter that, after having to sit through “multiple meetings with the ‘diversity’ committee and the LGBTQ Employee Resource Committee,” hy “moved on” van die maatskappy.