Saturday, March 2, 2024

Bipolar WaPo Reporter Canned After Weeklong Rant Against Newsroom

'Engaging in repeated and targeted public harassment of a colleague is neither a good look nor is it particularly effective. It turns the language of inclusivity into clout chasing and bullying...'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) A political reported for the Washington Post was fired after levying blatant public criticism against both the paper and her newsroom colleagues, Breitbart reported.

Felicia Sonmez triggered some internal drama after calling out fellow reported Dave Weigel on Twitter for an alleged sexist tweet.

The now-deleted retweet said “Every girl is bi. You just have to figure out if it’s polar or sexual.”


Sonmez shared a screenshot of the retweet and said “Fantastic to work at a news outlet where retweets like this are allowed!”

The kerfuffle spilled over into the company’s internal communications network, where Sonmez questioned him on an internal Slack channel, asking him “I’m sorry but what is this?”

She added that his retweet sent “a confusing message about what the Post‘s values are.”

Weigel apologized and deleted the tweet, but was still given a monthlong suspension.

Washington Post chief spokesman Kris Coratti told the press, “editors have made clear to the staff that the tweet was reprehensible and demeaning language or actions like that will not be tolerated.”

Another Post journalist, Jose A. Del Real, chastised Sonmez for openly lambasting her colleague.

The feud spurred the release of an internal memo requesting that reporters “treat each other with respect and kindness both in the newsroom and online.”

Sonmez did not heed this advice, and targeted Del Real in a lengthy Twitter tirade.

Another internal memo was sent, saying the Post does “not tolerate colleagues attacking colleagues either face to face or online.”

In a CNN interview, the paper’s chief spokesman, Kris Corratti, said the infighting was also “being addressed directly with the individuals involved.”

In what would be her final act as a Washington Post journalist, Sonmez posted a lengthy rant complaining about the Post‘s “longstanding” pattern of punishing employees “for their trauma.”

Sonmez, who presents as white and is of Caucasian descent, claimed that her critics were performing a synchronized public attack on her because of their whiteness.

It does not appear as if Weigel will be allowed to return from his suspension early.

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