“The View” weighed in Wednesday on the widening rift inside the Washington Submit’s newsroom – with co-hosts questioning a politics reporter’s transfer to publicly lambast a colleague for retweeting a joke she deemed sexist.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg gave an in depth account of the interior turmoil on the Jeff Bezos-owned broadsheet and admitted that she “misplaced the entire path a short time in the past.”
However visitor host Lindsey Granger was extra pointed in her remarks, taking goal at Felicia Sonmez — who unleashed a social media onslaught over the retweet by fellow staffer Dave Weigel and after the following suspension of the longtime journalist
“This all the time will get misplaced on me, that folks insert themselves and make themselves the story when that’s the primary factor you’re taught to not do,” Granger stated.
Weigel apologized and was suspended with out pay for one month after sharing the joke, however Sonmez has continued clashing with colleagues on-line – with tensions operating so excessive that an editor stepped in to demand reporters “deal with one another with respect and kindness.”
Granger added that Sonmez is “dwelling in a glass home” after as soon as being suspended herself in 2020 for tweeting about previous rape allegations against NBA legend Kobe Bryant inside hours of his loss of life in a helicopter crash.
“Don’t use Twitter as a public sq.. Use Twitter responsibly and use Twitter to share the story and be an actual journalist,” she stated.
Sara Haines concurred, arguing that Twitter customers ought to keep in mind that their on-line commentary was a mirrored image on their employers and their households.
“The girl’s tone, if learn that backwards and forwards, she tries to say that she’s now combating ‘the person’ on these points which have by no means been handled, her tone is admittedly disappointing,” Haines stated. “One in every of her different colleagues calls out and says ‘please cease doing this.’ ”
“At this level, she’s trolling however she’s attempting to experience the self-righteous wave of, ‘I’m doing one thing proper’ whereas taking down everybody,” Haines added.
Pleasure Behar stated she was “of two minds” on the problem and ripped Weigel for sharing the joke on his Twitter account within the first place.
“Perhaps she ought to have dealt with it internally, however why is he placing out these sexist jokes? It’s like, what are you, 12? Develop up,” Behar stated.
“Individuals make errors. There’s room for a mistake. That occurs,” Haines responded.
Sunny Hostin identified that Weigel had defended Sonmez after her suspension for the Bryant tweet. The panelist additionally questioned why Sonmez selected to deal with the scenario on Twitter quite than communicate out towards sexism in an article for the paper.
“I used to be a bit of stunned that even after the editor-in-chief stated let’s deal with this internally, she continued arguing on Twitter,” Hostin stated. “Twitter shouldn’t be the true world.”
Sonmez slammed one other Washington Submit reporter’s description of the newsroom as “collegial” and criticized management for not requiring one other reporter, Jose Del Actual, to delete tweets through which he questioned her public assault on Weigel.
“These tweets falsely accusing me of ‘clout chasing,’ ‘bullying,’ ‘cruelty,’ and directing an ‘keen mob’ to hold out ‘a barrage of on-line abuse’ are nonetheless up…even after I repeatedly raised them to administration and famous that I’ve been receiving threats and abuse,” Sonmez tweeted.
One other reporter, Lisa Rein, asked Sonmez to “please stop” her tweetstorm.