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Denis Finley, Vermont Free Press Editor, Fired Over 3rd Gender 'Apocalypse' Tweet

Denis Finley, Vermont Free Press Editor, Fired Over 3rd Gender 'Apocalypse' Tweet
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By    |   Wednesday, 10 January 2018 09:45 AM

Denis Finley, a Vermont newspaper editor, was fired from his job at Gannet’s Burlington Free Press over his tweet complaining about a proposal to offer a third gender option on state driver licenses. Gannet said he broke company policy.

Finley fired off the tweet on his personal account on Friday, saying the state's consideration of allowing an "X" to be used as a gender option to the license "makes us one step closer to the apocalypse," Fox News reported.

Fox News said Finley’s tweet was slammed on social media by followers who also tagged Gannett and the Burlington Free Press. Finley appeared to stand his ground with one respondent during the social media exchange.

In announcing Finley’s departure on Monday, Randy Lovely, vice president for community news for the USA Today Network, said Finley's tweets failed to adhere to the company's code of conduct and ethics policy.

"We encourage our journalists to engage in a meaningful dialogue on social media, but it's important that the conversation adhere to our overarching values of fairness, balance, and objectivity," Lovely said.

Finley, who previously served as editor of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, joined the Burlington Free Press in September 2016 and was credited with encouraging watchdog journalism and driving digital growth, the Free Press noted.

The newspaper's planning editor, Emilie Stigliani, was named interim editor during the search for a new editor.

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Denis Finley, a Vermont newspaper editor, was fired from his job at Gannet’s Burlington Free Press over his tweet complaining about a proposal to offer a third gender option on state driver licenses. Gannet said he broke company policy.
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