Suit against newspaper alleges church pressure

The Washington Times and the Unification Church
The former opinion editor of the Washington Times filed suit against the newspaper and its owner, sectarian prophet Sun Myung Moon, claiming among other things that he was coerced into attending a Unification Church event.

Richard Miniter met with one of Moon’s 13 children, Preston Moon, who runs the parent company of the Washington Times, in September 2008 while considering the position at the paper. The suit says Miniter was “repeatedly falsely assured by (Preston) Moon, and by others, that newspaper editors enjoyed ‘autonomy’ and ‘independence’ from the Unification Church.”

Miniter worked at the paper from March to November of this year. In January, prior to his employment with the paper, Miniter joined a business trip to Manhattan. He was told by Thomas McDevitt, then publisher and president, that it would be “good” for him to go. Miniter took it to mean his lack of attendance would count against him in his pursuit of the job.


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