Writer Fired for Kanye West N-Word Post

In today's link roundup: A misguided response to Kanye's twitter rant costs a writer his job. Plus: Jobless rate drops to 8.5 percent.

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Gawker writer fired for Kanye West n-word post: Things normally don't end well when you make light of someone's deceased mother and use a racial slur against them in the same paragraph. The Gawker writer who came up with his own snarky take on what "DONDA" stood for and lost his job as a result has learned the hard way that while Kanye can go on irreverent, offensive rants and be rewarded with a popularity boost, different rules apply to the people who cover his antics.

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