Newspaper Editor Dares to Question 'Third Gender' Option — He's Immediately Fired

| JAN 10, 2018 | 2:40 AM


On Monday, Denis Finley was fired from his job as a newspaper editor for criticizing the concept of a third gender option for Vermont driver's licenses. That's right, the Burlington Free Press, a local paper owned by Gannett — which also owns USA Today — fired Finley after a series of tweets.

A user tweeted out an article detailing how Vermont was “one step closer to offering a third gender on driver's licenses”:

Finley then retweeted it, adding the caption, “Awesome! That makes us one step closer to the apocalypse”:

A user by the name of Chris Donnelly responded and wasn't so happy. He stated:

Finley then responded by asking why a third gender would be “awesome”:

Gannett then made the decision to fire Finley on the grounds that he “violated the company’s social media guidelines on a number of occasions.” Randy Lovely, the vice president for community news for the USA Today Network, said Finley's tweets didn't meet 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.”

Burlington Free Press President Jim Fogler defended the decision and said, “Those opinions are his personal views and are not those of the staff or leadership of the Burlington Free Press.”

Finley has been working for the Free Press since September 2016 and has been credited with driving much of the paper's digital growth.

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