Hacked! Is the toaster still loyal?
“Regrettably, an unacceptable number of Joe Williams’s public statements on cable and Twitter have called into question his commitment to this responsibility,” POLITICO’s founding editors John Harris and Jim VandeHei wrote in a memo to the staff. “His comment about Governor Romney earlier today on MSNBC fell short of our standards for fairness and judgment in an especially unfortunate way.”
— Deb Hendrix (@debrahendrix) June 22, 2012
In the memo, Harris and VandeHei reminded staff that “POLITICO journalists have a clear and inflexible responsibility to cover politics fairly and free of partisan bias.”
Think Williams really “fell short” of Politico’s expectations? No. The editors simply couldn’t get away with ignoring “just a blogger” John Nolte and others in conservative new media who exposed Williams’ remarks.
The politico reporter wasn't suspended out of standards – it was due to conservatives rising up on Twitter. We know that. It's a new day.
— Karen Townsend (@penguinponders) June 22, 2012
Nolte sums it up beautifully: “This is why God created Andrew Breitbart.”
While Politico was forced to pay lip service to journalistic standards, the left side of the Twittersphere isn’t so concerned with pesky fairness. They’re outraged by the suspension of courageous truth-teller Joe Williams.
— ROBIN (@rhshoop727) June 22, 2012
— Chef Taz (@cantdance2it) June 22, 2012
— Annie Lawton (@CurlynDoris) June 22, 2012
And you know what this means. Politico is raaaaacist!
— AAmom (@AVD911) June 22, 2012
— Kerry Torres (@imkarat) June 22, 2012
Because of Republicans, natch.