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Newspaper employee fired after changing colleague’s byline to gay slur

Newspaper employee fired after changing colleague’s byline to gay slur

Man reading newspaper, sees shocking byline

An employee at the Santa Barbara News-Press deliberately changed a writer’s byline to ‘Paul Gayzalez’ instead of Paul Gonzalez.

The employee also changed his title to ‘News-Press Faggoat’.

Gonzalez wrote a story on Monday (25 December) about last-minute Christmas shopping. But little did he know a colleague changed his byline and title to the homophobic slurs before it went to print.

As a result, readers opened their papers on Christmas morning to see the bizarre byline and title.

‘We apologize to our readers’

The Santa Barbara News-Press issued an apology on Wednesday (27 December) and explained the situation.

Director of News Operations Donald Katich said in a statement: ‘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,’ he said.

He also told the SF Gate: ‘It was a very poor decision made by an employee who is no longer in a position to make that same mistake. The employee is no longer in the building.

‘There is a process we are obligated to follow when it comes to discipline or termination,’ he said.