Dallas Voice Publisher: Editor John Wright Was Fired, But It Wasn't for "Doing Journalism"

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Leo Cusimano
In an interview with Unfair Park yesterday, and in a slew of postings on social media, recently ousted Dallas Voice Editor John Wright said he was fired for "doing journalism" by reporting on a nudity ban at this year's Dallas Pride parade.

His bosses disagree.

"He's been saying a lot of stuff that is inaccurate," Voice Publisher Leo Cusimano tells Unfair Park this morning. Stuff like Wright's claim that the Dallas Tavern Guild, angered by his reporting on the nudity ban, leaned on the paper's management, and the suggestion that the paper's journalistic integrity has slipped since its founder sold it six months ago.

Cusimano takes particular issue with that last point. "The wall that we have between editorial and advertising was put in place partly by my direction [as advertising director], and it is still in place, and it's very strong."

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John Wright
See also: Organizers Want This Year's Gay Pride Parade to Be Nudity-Free, Angering LGBT Activists

So, if Wright wasn't fired for doing journalism, then why?

Cusimano won't say. "It's really an internal employee matter," he says. "He has his opinions, and we have ours."

Wright, as we have seen, hasn't been shy about expressing his. After his initial bridge-burning Facebook post railing against his firing, Wright has embarked upon a campaign to douse the bridge-ash in gasoline and rekindle the flames, all using the #boycottdallasvoice hashtag.

And so on.

See also: Dallas Voice Editor John Wright Says He Was Fired for Reporting on Public-Erection Ban at Gay Pride Parade

Cusimano, meanwhile, seems eager to put the matter behind him. He's already placed an ad on JournalismJobs.com.


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31 comments
ruddski
ruddski

Imagine all the faux-estrogen and cattiness in that office. Hell hath no fury like a gay man scorned.

joanee
joanee

John Wright jumped the shark.  Have you noticed that just two people use the boycott hashtag? Wright and the dude he always writes about. He is also crazed with his postings, etc. Now I am thinking the Dallas Voice owners did the right thing. I bet it was anger management issues. 

Yummy38
Yummy38

The unfortunate thing is that John was a good editor, but given his recent actions who in Dallas would consider hiring him.

maxhedrm
maxhedrm

His comments on this photo (https://t.co/6dHszGlHaB) are amusing.

"However, while the new owners undoubtedly gave themselves raises when they took over earlier this year..."

First, as owners, they probably don't even really have salaries, they just get what's left.

Second, when someone says undoubtedly, it usually means they have NO proof to back it up, merely their own biased assumptions.

If you think you are underpaid, go find a job elsewhere. If you can't, then maybe times really are tough in your industry & you should try a new one.

wright7
wright7

The word of the day is zugzwang

MikeyLikesIt
MikeyLikesIt

I hope John chills out before the 3 white old men sic an attorney on him.  BTW, what's up with that dude's hair at the top?  Are those antennae?  

seaweedhoover
seaweedhoover

Watching Wright unravel for the last few days have been delightful.  He was a lousy "journalist" and never could communicate with people who had different views than he did.  I'm glad he's burning every bridge in the metroplex, as far as a writing job is concerned.  He will be waiting tables soon, so don't forget to give him your 2 cents wen you see his defeated butt

lebowski300
lebowski300

Being hurt sucks. Putting your hurt out on the streets won't help. Here's hoping for the best or all. No one wants to listen to hurt. Next story.

wright7
wright7

Full-time employees by race at Dallas Voice: 9 white gay males, 1 white lesbian, 1 black male

wright7
wright7

Also, I wonder why he didn't address the racial or pay issues raised in my tweets. Probably because he's a greedy lying fuck.

wright7
wright7

Thanks Eric for bringing attention to this important issue. Keep up the good work.

harleykarmadad
harleykarmadad

He must be a graduate of the Sarah Palin University of Victimization.  I know from the looks of this photo, he has the lipstick on the pick thing down pretty good.  I am not sure what he is like as a writer but as a whiner and a ranter, he is annoying as hell. 

He will be lucky if the GreenSheet bring him on.  He better stock up on lipstick at the Dollar Store. 

linzd21
linzd21

And now he won't get a job anywhere else because he is a ridiculous child

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Is there a special school you can attend to learn to "do" journalism?

Peacock214
Peacock214

What exactly does Mr. Wright expect to gain out of making his private firing public? Does he think some newspaper editor is reading this and thinking "that's the guy I want running my paper"?

IWorkProBoner
IWorkProBoner

Someone needs to switch from briefs to boxers...

wright7
wright7

@maxhedrm Giving themselves raises = Not reinstating pay cuts even though they're making more. God you're stupid

EdD.
EdD.

@wright7 If I may quote the 1980s philosopher Joshua, "strange game. The only winning move is not to play."

ruddski
ruddski

No heterosexuals. No latinos. Where's the diversity?

EdD.
EdD.

@wright7 And now there's one less white male, right? Mission accomplished?

NightSand
NightSand

@wright7 More likely they recognize you are acting like a child and will let you burn yourself out.  Commenting on a story about yourself is pretty low.  

ruddski
ruddski

J-school is where you go to learn how to wait tables and save the world from capitalism.

aaronstew2003
aaronstew2003

thats exactly how he had become though.  he stalked me on twitter, calling me all kinds of things when I didnt share his opinion on the Mayor a few months ago. I knew then he was a loose goose. 

harleykarmadad
harleykarmadad

@Peacock214 Yes, I want to hire someone that when I fire him is going to claim the company is racist and at the same time run by a bunch of "shitty old men".  Would it be okay if they were shitty old black men?

gary386
gary386

@Peacock214 Yep, he's not doing anything that will make any employer want to hire him, that's for sure.  Filling both his twitter and Facebook accounts with semi-literate, expletive-filled rants makes him look like anything BUT a "professional journalist."  Fired for "doing journalism", huh?  Sounds like he needs to go back and learn how to "do English."

maxhedrm
maxhedrm

@wright7 Another thing I bet you have no evidence of. And honestly, as obnoxious, rude, illiterate, and offensive as you are, I'm somewhat amazed you lasted as long as you did. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski 

You can't fool me.

I know that that isn't true because otherwise there would be one helluva lot more competent waiters out there. 

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