Washington Post fires reporter over Twitter slapfights
This is one the (out of a million) reasons I think Twitter is absolutely toxic to our culture. So many media figures and ostensible journalists seem to spend half their days trolling and trawling around it as if that were journalism. They constantly get into pissing matches and slap fights. Which is interesting in high school students - maybe - but less so in supposed adult professionals.
Inevitably, this happened:
Felicia Sonmez, a reporter for The Washington Post who in recent days has been at the center of a debate over the organizations social media policies and the culture of the newsroom, was fired on Thursday, according to a person with knowledge of the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters.
In an emailed termination letter, which was viewed by The New York Times, Ms. Sonmez was told that The Post was ending her employment, effective immediately, for misconduct that includes insubordination, maligning your co-workers online and violating The Posts standards on workplace collegiality and inclusivity.
The email also said Ms. Sonmezs public attempts to question the motives of your co-journalists undermined The Posts reputation.
We cannot allow you to continue to work as a journalist representing The Washington Post, the letter said.
It bears repeating for the billionth time: Twitter is not real life.
Still, if you followed this as it unfolded like I did, it was a glorious trash fire.
Bad for the blood pressure at the very least.
And it's amazing how it tempts us to say things that might get us in big trouble!
It's really kind of a sad commentary on our times.
Chickens are furious.
I've been cancelled on several farms.
(Yeah, I don't post controversial things on social media where my IRL name is attached. I somewhat like being employed. Somewhat.)
If there's jealousy, I can't hear it for the clucking.
against the Post last year.
Nonetheless, she seems a bit clueless about handling herself in the workaday world.