The Man Who Was Not Derbyshired: Nicholas Wade Not Out At NEW YORK TIMES, Despite DAILY CALLER Report
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The Daily Caller reports a development that would not be surprising if it happened,  considering what happened to John Derbyshire (whose name we sometimes use as a verb meaning to purge) Jason Richwine,  and a host of others, but is actually not true:

30-year New York Times Science Writer Out After Writing Book About Genetics, Race

By Chris Reed, Daily Caller, May 10, 2014 Nicholas Wade, a British-born science reporter and editor for more than 30 years with The New York Times, is no longer with the newspaper — just days after the release of his latest book, in which he depicts blacks with roots in sub-Saharan Africa as genetically less adapted to modern life than whites and Asians.

Was The New York Times uncomfortable with Wade’s science or his conclusions? It’s unclear. Neither Wade nor his former employer returned requests for comment. [More]

According to Wade himself , interviewed by Australian-born LA  blogger Luke Ford, the  Daily Caller never contacted him, and the rumor got started because someone put up a blurb calling him a New York Times editor,  and he had it changed to "former New York Times editor" which he already was, although he's still a writer.

Nicholas: “[The book] is based on about a dozen articles I’ve written for the New York Times covering advances in genetics and in the course of that, I speak to the authors of the research, supporters and clinics and get a feel for what scientists think in the field, and I supplement that with my further reading, and that is the background of the book.”

“I retired from the Times about two years ago. There’s a stupid story you may have seen in the blogosphere. It is completely untrue. The writer just made that up. The fact that he saw the words ‘former Science editor’ in the piece I did in Time. He assumed that I had been fired by the Times. There is nothing to the story at all. I myself wrote the word ‘former’ in because I saw that the Time editor in putting the tag line on had said that I was Science editor of the Times. Since that was some time in the past, and is no longer true, I inserted the word ‘former’ and the writer in the Daily Caller just made the story up out of thin air. He made absolutely no attempt to contact me and not a word of it is true.”

Luke: “What were the biggest challenges in writing this book?”

Nicholas: “I think the biggest challenge was that I had so few scientific sources to guide me in interpretation because this is an area where academics cannot tread for fear of being accused of racism and careers destroyed.

Exactly. I'll embed the interview below, there's 48 minutes of it, although I should warn you that both Wade and Ford are, like John Derbyshire and  Peter Brimelow, immigrants who are doing the non-PC writing that Americans won't. Wade talks Etonian, Ford talks Australian, so  you have to listen closely to  understand them.

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