Essence Fires White Male Managing Editor

Essence Fires White Male Managing Editor

Michael Bullerdick, the former managing editor of Essence magazine, has been transferred to another Time, Inc. department after making extreme right-wing comments.

Published April 23, 2012

(Photo: Essence Magazine)

Michael Bullerdick, the white male hired last summer as Essence magazine’s managing editor, has been fired.

A spokeswoman made the announcement Friday after right-wing material from the journalist’s Facebook page was brought to editors’ attention by screenshots captured by a reader and shared on Journal-isms, a site that writes about minorities in the media.

Writes Journal-isms:


"In one screen shot, an April 10 posting is headlined, "No Voter Fraud, Mr. Attorney General?" touting a video by James O'Keefe, the conservative activist who worked with right-wing trickster Andrew Breitbart. The same day, Bullerdick shared a photo illustration of Al Sharpton headlined, "MSNBC Race Pimp." Bullerdick also recommends material from the conservative magazine Human Events and the right-wing website, from which Bullerdick posted "the Frequent Bomber Program," an article about 1960s radical Bill Ayers. Bullerdick wrote, "Obama's mentor and friend."

A spokesperson later told the site that Bullerdick had accepted a position in another division in Time Inc.


Bullerdick’s hiring last July caused a national uproar as readers were concerned a white managing editor would not convey the voices of Black women for a Black women magazine.

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Written by Danielle Wright


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