Mancini back on the job at Newsday

Newsday reports that the paper’s editor, John Mancini, who had been AWOL from the newsroom since last Wednesday — apparently over a dispute with Cablevision brass about the paper’s coverage of the Knicks — was back at work Tuesday.

Mancini told the newsroom that an editorial difference of opinion was the reson for his absence. The dispute has been settled, he said. He didn’t offer details.

From the story:

“No one outside the newsroom influences . . . our news coverage in any way.” He added there would be “no change in direction. Our only concern is that we get it right. Let’s do our jobs and tell the story straight.”

When asked whether the words “you’re fired” or “I quit” were used in his disagreement with Cablevision, Mancini said “words to that effect were uttered.”

Rumors have circulated that Cablevision was angry about coverage of a sex harassment lawsuit filed against Eddy Curry of the New York Knicks; the team also is owned by the Bethpage-based cable operator. Mancini declined to comment when asked whether Knicks’ coverage sparked the dispute.

He said he had decided not to return to the newsroom “until I had clarity that the editor was expected to perform his job as he had done.”

When asked when he got clarity, he said “this morning.”

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