Ian Buruma is out as the editor of the New York Review of Books, a spokesperson for the magazine confirmed to Jezebel. The move comes just days after the magazine published an essay from former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, billed as “Jian Ghomeshi on Jian Ghomeshi” on the NYRB’s October cover called “The Fall of Men.”
In the essay, titled “Reflections on a Hashtag,” Ghomeshi reflected on his sexual assault trial, during which he was acquitted in 2016 of multiple charges relating to three women, and the aftermath. His essay omitted numerous facts, including a settlement with a victim and allegations of battering. “Before 2014, it was unimaginable to me that I would become a poster boy for men who are assholes,” Ghomeshi wrote in the piece.
In an interview with Slate, shortly after the magazine published Ghomeshi’s essay online, Buruma defended his decision: “I’m no judge of the rights and wrongs of every allegation. How can I be?” He added that Ghomeshi came to him with the idea and added, “This seemed like a story that was worth hearing,” an argument we’ve been hearing a lot these days.
Though a spokesperson for the NYRB confirmed Buruma’s departure, at press time, they did not clarify whether or not he resigned or had been fired.