By Michael Koretzky
Attention newspaper reporters: I’ll pay you $1,000 to interview this attorney about her latest case – even though I don’t care if she wins or loses.
Her name is Harmeet Dhillon. We spoke on the phone recently, and we agreed only on this…
Google is mocking its new slogan (Do the right thing) and even its old one ( Don’t be evil) while the mainstream media ignores a story that matters well beyond this one case. – Journoterrorist Michael Koretzky
I’m offering you financial incentive to fix that.
Dhillon represents James Damore. You might not recognize the name, but you’ve probably heard his story.
Last summer, Damore was a senior engineer at Google when he posted a rambling 10-page letter called Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber on an internal employee mailing list. It was controversial both for its substance and its clunky writing, which either barely concealed Damore’s vile opinions or led others to misunderstand him.
Damore’s letter opens…
I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes.
And then he uses stereotypes…
We always ask why we don’t see women in top leadership positions, but we never ask why we see so many men in these jobs. These positions often require long, stressful hours that may not be worth it if you want a balanced and fulfilling life.- Journoterrorist Michael Koretzky
Last July, the Vice-owned tech site Motherboard first reported on the letter, calling it an “anti-diversity manifesto.” The mainstream media followed, quoting passages like, “Women on average show a higher interest in people and men in things” and “abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes.”
Conservative media outlets embraced Damore. The National Review declared, “Google shouldn’t have fired James Damore.” The tech media mostly lined up on Google’s side. Gizmodo wrote, “Damore is not a victim of censorship. He did some stupid shit and got fired.”
Damore’s letter even led to this fascinating story in The New York Times, which was all about the intense reader reaction to its own coverage: ‘Thought Bullies’ or Right Move: A Divide Over James Damore Firing.
But that’s not the part of the story that interests me most. Or compels me to pay you.
The Google gag order
When Dhillon filed the lawsuit on behalf of Damore, Google asked the judge to do something very un-Google-like: Seal documents in the case. Why? Because according to Dhillon, Google’s lawyers first came to her and…
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Journoterrorist blog is an individual blog written by Michael Koretzky and does not reflect any idea or opinion of the Society of Professional Journalists. Michael Koretzky is editor of Debt.com and is Region 3 Director of Society of Professional Journalists. @koretzky