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Report: Washington Post suspends Dave Weigel without pay for retweeting offensive joke

As Twitchy reported earlier, the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel deleted his retweet of a joke about women and issued an apology on Twitter, saying he didn’t mean to cause any harm. Weigel’s retweet started some infighting in the Washington Post newsroom, with colleague Felicia Sonmez posting a lengthy thread on why it mattered. Jose A. Del Real noted Sonmez’s “targeted harassment” of Weigel, and she tweeted that he had publicly attacked her. By the way, here’s the joke:


CNN hall monitor Oliver Darcy is reporting Monday afternoon that Weigel has been suspended without pay.

Darcy reports:

Sonmez, according to messages obtained by CNN, also confronted Weigel in an internal company 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.”

The Post’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.”


So much drama!




“Weigel did not respond to a request for comment, but an out-of-office email said that he would return on July 5.”


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