Post-Gazette Denies It Discriminated Against Black Reporter

By Alexis Shanes (October 19, 2020, 4:08 PM EDT) -- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pushed back against a Black former reporter's racial bias and retaliation lawsuit, saying it barred her from covering racial justice and police brutality protests because of its journalistic standards.

The paper said Friday that a Pennsylvania federal judge should toss a suit from Alexis Johnson, a reporter who claimed she was not allowed to cover Black Lives Matter protests because of her viral tweet about them. The Post-Gazette rejected Johnson's claim that she should be allowed to cover protests despite expressing her opinions publicly, saying that would violate its editorial policies.

"Such a demand represents unprecedented intrusion into...

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