The junior high school level antics at The Washington Post revolving around political reporter Felicia Sonmez who has been on a days-long Twitter tirade has grown so tiresome that even the leftist co-hosts at “The View” felt compelled to weigh in, and not in her defense.
Sonmez set off an acrimonious workplace social media firefight when she threw a temper tantrum after her colleague, fellow WaPo reporter David Weigel retweeted, then deleted and apologized for a joke from a Twitter user that “Every girl is bi. You just have to figure out if it’s polar or sexual.”
But instead of taking her co-worker aside and privately expressing her dismay, she angrily responded on the platform, the first shot in an ugly skirmish that has brought great embarrassment to the paper.
Fantastic to work at a news outlet where retweets like this are allowed! pic.twitter.com/zs4dX4qprH
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) June 3, 2022
WaPo rushed to appease its temperamental diva who in 2021, sued the outlet for discrimination – in a lawsuit that has since been dismissed – by suspending Weigel for a month without pay but it wasn’t enough for Sonmez who continues to escalate her public spat with co-workers.
On Wednesday, the ladies on the popular ABC daytime gabfest opined about the ongoing soap opera with co-host Sunny Hostin saying that “Twitter is not the real world.”
(Video: YouTube/The View)
After host Whoopi Goldberg recounted the WaPo’s internal Twitter war, saying that “it’s very detailed and I’ve lost the whole trail a little while ago,” she opened the floor to discussion of Sonmez’s feud with her co-workers.
Guest host Lindsey Granger cast the first stone at Sonmez, saying, “I mean both of these people are political reporters for the Washington Post, a very esteemed organization and as somebody who is a trained journalist, this always falls on me, it gets lost on me that people insert themselves, make themselves the story when that’s the number one thing you’re taught not to do,”
“Felicia also is really living in a glass house that tweeted immediately when Kobe Bryant died that he’s a rapist or something along those lines,” she said, “I don’t want to misquote her and there was a big story about that and you’re taking the organization, something that they were handling internally,” noting the distrust against the paper over its negative product during the Trump years and suggesting that Sonmez’s Twitter whining isn’t helping its image.
“If you’re a political reporter, you have the esteem and position to take that title and make sure that people following you, we understand that retweets aren’t endorsements everybody has that caveat at the top of their page, but don’t use Twitter as a public square, use Twitter responsibly and use Twitter to share the story and be a real journalist,” Granger said.
“Her tone is really disappointing,” co-host Sara Haines clucked later.
“Twitter is not the real world,” Hostin pointed out during the discussion. “There are, like 22 percent of the United States is on Twitter, and of that 22 percent, even fewer are active, I don’t know why she is so intent on fighting sexism and discrimination and harassment online, why not write an article for The Washington Post?”
It seems nobody at the WaPo has been spared from the wrath of Sonmez, including Jose Del Real who just won the prestigious Livingston Award for National Reporting and blocked her on Twitter.
So far I’ve received no apology from my colleague for baselessly accusing me of engaging in “bullying,” “harassment” and “cruelty” — just for objecting to a sexist tweet.
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) June 5, 2022
Sonmez’s ongoing meltdown isn’t exactly good public relations for WaPo which has been faced with dealing with another problem child, Taylor Lorenz, a slow-rolling dumpster fire whose most recent misstep – getting called out for falsifying details in a hit piece about YouTubers covering the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial – after her scandalous doxing of the woman behind the popular Twitter account Libs of TikTok may have instilled a sense of buyer’s remorse for hiring her away from competitor the New York Times.
From Watergate to Romper Room, the sad legacy of a once prestigious newspaper is a sign of these twisted and terrible times.
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