Data scientist says Thomson Reuters fired him for rejecting their ‘lies’ on Black Lives Matter

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A data scientist said he was fired from Thomson Reuters in 2021 after pushing back against their “lies” about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Zac Kriegman detailed his experience working for the business news service in a guest post on Substack by former NYT opinion writer Bari Weiss on Thursday.

As director of data science, it was “his job” to sift through the numbers and “understand what they meant,” Kriegman wrote. But when he looked at data about police officers involved in shootings of unarmed black men, he determined that the facts did not support Black Lives Matter claims.

“The data was unequivocal. It showed that, if anything, the police were slightly less likely to use lethal force against black suspects than against whites,” he wrote.

A protester waves a Black Lives Matter flag during the protest. Hours after the Derek Chauvin trial verdict, demonstrators gather outside the home of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to protest his plan to defund the Los Angeles Police Department.
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Fearing a backlash because of the movement’s “fervent and vocal support” within the company, Kriegman said he had sat on his findings “for months.”

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“I continued to read Reuters reporting on the movement and began to see how the company’s misguided worldview on policing and racism was distorting the way we reported the news to the public,” he said. he wrote.

Kriegman said he noted “a pattern” where Thomson Reuters went from “ignoring facts that undermined the BLM narrative” to “just reporting lies.”

He accused the organization of “misinforming” readers on an issue that influenced public policy which he found increased violence in black neighborhoods, left him “deeply disturbed”.

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Protesters speak out against the deaths of George Floyd, Michael Ramos and police brutality against black Americans outside the Austin Police Department headquarters in Austin on June 5, 2020.

Protesters speak out against the deaths of George Floyd, Michael Ramos and police brutality against black Americans outside the Austin Police Department headquarters in Austin on June 5, 2020.
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After struggling to speak up, Kriegman eventually tried to share his research with colleagues and his boss, but said he faced threats and hostility.

“I was upset. Here I was trying to bring the company’s attention to how we were spreading lies that were contributing to the murder of thousands of black people, and I was compared to a Klansman sympathizer, and the company banned me from discussing any of that,” he said.

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In the Substack post, he detailed how the HR division threatened to fire him and soon after they did.

He ended the message by calling on Americans of all political stripes to see how “deeply compromised our sources of information have become” and to hold them accountable for accurate reporting, even if it went against the “narrative.” popular”.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Zac Kriegman said he was fired from Thomson Reuters, not Reuters. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that he had been fired from Reuters. Fox News Digital regrets the error and has corrected it.

Sean N. Ayres