Newspaper Apologizes For Publishing Gay Slurs Instead Of Reporter’s Byline

Talk about fake news.

A California newspaper has issued an apology after a reporter’s name and byline were changed into homophobic slurs in a story.

In an article about last-minute holiday shopping that ran in the Santa Barbara News-Press on Christmas Day, staff writer Paul Gonzalez’s last name and title were changed to “Paul Gayzalez, News-Press Faggoat.”

On Wednesday Director of News Operations Donald Katich apologized for the “offensive slur,” stating the paper “[does] not tolerate any form of harassment in the workplace.

Asked about the status of the employee who wrote the slurs, Katich said he was “no longer in the building.”

“[They] are represented by the Teamsters,” he added. “There is a process we are obligated to follow when it comes to discipline or termination.”

Though Santa Barbara voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election the News-Press endorsed Donald Trump for president, the first in the state to do so.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.