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Report: As a Manager, Matt Taibbi Made a Loud and Unwelcome Racket

MTaibbiTwitterPicThis afternoon, by way of an entirely unpredictable “second look” from First Look Media, we have an internal item bylined to Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill and John Cook. It’s all about what led to the shocking exit of Matt Taibbi and while some elements of the narrative are in dispute, the overall picture painted is one of – primarily – a talented rogue journalist having a hard time adapting to the broader intricacies of a managerial position.

According to the item, the tipping point occurred earlier this month. While Taibbi insists the following accusations led him to be told he would be stripped of all managerial responsibilities pending investigation, First Look says that’s not the case:

These simmering problems came to a head this month when a Racket staffer complained to senior management that Taibbi had been verbally abusive and unprofessionally hostile, and that she felt the conduct may have been motivated, at least in part, by her gender. [First Look president John] Temple conducted an investigation, and First Look determined that while none of the alleged conduct rose to the level of legal liability, the grievance bolstered their case that Taibbi should not be the manager of Racket.

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WaPo Names John Temple New Managing Editor

The Washington Post has named John Temple its new Managing Editor. Temple was most recently the founding editor of Honolulu Civil Beat, an online news site. Prior to that he was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Rocky Mountain News, which folded in 2009. Marcus Brauchli, the Executive Editor of WaPo, said Temple was the perfect candidate for the job.

“As a managing editor for The Post, John will ensure that the coverage we provide to our print and digital audiences is smart, original and acutely attentive to our audience,” said Brauchli. “He’ll help us to build on the rapid growth we’ve enjoyed recently with readers who come to us through our website, on mobile devices, or through new platforms like the incredibly successful Washington Post Social Reader on Facebook.”

Temple’s first day is April 30.