According to Joe Concha, a reporter for the Hill, the New Yorker has fired its longtime writer Ryan Lizza amid allegations of “improper sexual conduct.”
The 43-year-old reporter joined the New Yorker in 2007 as a Washington correspondent. Since joining the New Yorker, Lizza has profiled important figures in politics such as former President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Mitt Romney.
Lizza is also an on-air political contributor for CNN.
According to Politico, CNN said Lizza would not appear “while we look into this matter.”
On December 11, reporter Joe Concha confirmed on Twitter that the New Yorker has severed ties with Lizza due to the sexual misconduct accusations.
BREAKING: New Yorker fires Ryan Lizza: “The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct. We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza. Due to a request for privacy, we are not commenting further.
Shortly after news of his release was reported, Lizza made a statement via Buzzfeed.
“The New Yorker was unable to cite any company policy that was violated,” Lizza writes in the statement, adding that “this decision which was made hastily and without a full investigation of the relevant facts, was a terrible mistake.”
Ryan Lizza claims he’s victim of revenge plot. via @BuzzFeed
Lizza’s statement is contradictory to one made by the firm representing his accuser.
According to the accuser, Lizza’s behavior did not constitute a “respectful relationship” like he claims.
4. New: A top employment litigation firm says it represents Ryan Lizza’s accuser and contrary to his statement above, the relationship was not respectful.
According to a list of media personalities entitled “Shitty Media Men,” Lizza allegedly sent some sexually inappropriate direct messages to people.
Ryan Lizza sent some sexually suggestive direct messages. Basically fired for being “creepy af in the DMs.” This is how Ryan Lizza’s entry appears in the Shitty Men in Media List. https://t.co/TQ5GHyZGYX
Although the list is full of unconfirmed accusations, at least six names that appear have either resigned or have been fired from their positions due to the allegations made against them.
Michael Hafford, Leon Wieseltier, Hamilton Fish, Lorin Stein, Rupert Myers, and David Corn have all left their previous positions due to accusations of misconduct, Cerno reports.
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