Washington Post Reprimands Reporter Dave Weigel For “Reprehensible” Retweet

From CNN’s Reliable Sources:

WaPo on Friday reprimanded politics reporter David Weigel for a sexist joke that he retweeted and which he ultimately apologized for. Weigel’s retweet was spotlighted publicly by his colleague, Felicia Sonmez, who recently had a discrimination lawsuit against the paper dismissed, a decision her attorney has said she plans to appeal. Sonmez sarcastically wrote on Twitter that it is “fantastic to work at a news outlet where retweets like this are allowed.” She attached a screen grab showing Weigel retweet a user who had joked, “Every girl is bi. You just have to figure out if it’s polar or sexual.”

Sonmez, according to messages. also confronted Weigel in an internal WaPo Slack channel, tagging him and writing, “I’m sorry but what is this?” Sonmez said in the Slack channel that the retweet sent “a confusing message about what the Post’s values are.”

Others joined the discussion in the Slack channel, ultimately resulting in national editor Matea Gold writing, “I just want to assure all of you that The Post is committed to maintaining a respectful workplace for everyone. We do not tolerate demeaning language or actions.” WaPo’s chief spokesperson, Kris Coratti, also issued a statement that said, “Editors have made clear to the staff that the tweet was reprehensible and demeaning language or actions like that will not be tolerated.” Weigel apologized on Twitter, writing, “I just removed a retweet of an offensive joke. I apologize and did not mean to cause any harm.”

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