Burlington Free Press editor fired for tweets about 3rd gender choice on licenses

Finley came from Norfolk, Va., where he served as editor of the Virginian-Pilot for nearly two decades. As a result, Finley “fumbled in recognizing his audience,” according to Warren and “was just a bad fit,” said Tom Kearney, deputy managing editor of a group of competing papers.

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Randy Lovely, a Gannett executive, said Finley was fired because “the company’s journalists strive for accurate and unbiased reporting, and Finley’s tweets failed to adhere to the company’s code of conduct and ethics policy.”

Brian McNicoll, a former newspaper editor, think tank writer and Capitol Hill staffer, is a conservative writer and editor in Reston, Va.

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