NEW YORK CITY– The Washington Blog post has actually terminated Felicia Sonmez, that set off an energetic online discussion today over social media sites plan and also public therapy of associates after she slammed a fellow press reporter for retweeting an offending joke.
The Blog post stated Friday it would certainly not talk about employees concerns. A duplicate of a discontinuation letter sent out Thursday, charging her of “insubordination, reviling your colleagues online and also going against the Blog post’s requirements on work environment collegiality and also inclusivity” was released on the Mediaite site and also priced quote in various other information accounts.
The forthright political author, whose 2nd job at the Blog post started in 2018, decreased remark Friday.
The event started when Sonmez tweeted a display shot of an offending joke that an associate, Dave Weigel, had actually sent on Twitter, including the remark: “Wonderful to operate at an information electrical outlet where retweets such as this are permitted.” The Blog post put on hold Weigel for a month for his retweet, according to released records.
That motivated an additional press reporter, Jose Del Real, to slam Sonmez online. While claiming Weigel had actually been incorrect, Del Real asked for empathy. “Rallying the Net to strike him for an error he made does not in fact address anything,” he composed.
That resulted in a controversial back-and-forth, with Sonmez charging Del Real of striking her.
As an on-line discussion attracted and also expanded in even more individuals, Blog post managing editor Sally Buzbee sent 2 memoranda contacting team member to lionize for each and every various other. The 2nd, on Tuesday, was much more strict: Buzbee composed that “we do not endure associates striking associates either in person or online.”
As it took in even more focus, a handful of Blog post staff members tweeted their assistance of the paper as an excellent area to function. Sonmez kept in mind that those individuals were amongst the paper’s best-paid celebrities, and also recommended there has actually been a historical dual criterion in just how social media sites plan is related to them.
She additionally retweeted a display shot that stated Del Real had actually obstructed her on Twitter, including the remark, “So I listen to the Washington Blog post is a collegial work environment.”
While it was eating focus, an additional Blog post press reporter, Lisa Rein, tweeted to Sonmez: “please quit.”
Sonmez, that operated at the Blog post in the very early 2010s, rejoined and also left, filed a claim against the Blog post and also its leading editors in 2015, billing discrimination in preventing her from covering tales associated with sexual offense after she had actually formerly gone public as an attack target herself.
In the discontinuation letter, authorized by Human being Resources Policeman Wayne Connell, the Blog post stated that concerned the objectives of associates, Sonmez was weakening the Blog post’s credibility for journalistic honesty and also justness.
” The very same holds true of your unjustified derision guided to our techniques and also plans, and also our dedication to a encouraging and also risk-free workplace,” he composed.
Sonmez’s union, the Washington-Baltimore Information Guild, stated it is devoted to making certain that employees are just disciplined with simply reason, however that it did not talk about specific employees concerns.
One Blog post writer, Karen Attiah, tweeted on Friday that Sonmez had actually “constantly been unbelievably kind and also encouraging” of her, and also had actually connected when Attiah had actually been the target of on the internet misuse.