The Liberal Washington Post has terminated the employment of reporter Felicia Sonmez as of Thursday after she took her colleagues to task this week i a veritable tweetstorm of frustration. According to a report by Fox News, Sonmez is no longer employed by the WaPo, though a spokesperson declined to comment on the issue.
Sonmez herself did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment, though Fox did confirm with the publication that the reporter in question was no longer in their employ.
Sonmez lashed out at fellow Washington Post staffers in her series of tweets, attacking those who posted their messages of support for their paper:
“I don’t know who the colleagues anonymously disparaging me in media reports are. But I do know that the reporters who issued synchronized tweets this week downplaying the Post’s workplace issues have a few things in common with each other,” Sonmez wrote during a lengthy Twitter thread.
“They are all white – They are among the highest-paid employees in the newsroom, making double and even triple what some other National desk reporters are making, particularly journalists of color – They are among the ‘stars’ who ‘get away with murder’ on social media,” Sonmez tweeted.
“Of course the Washington Post is a great workplace. It is a great workplace *for them.* The system is working *for them.* What about for everyone else? The General Assignment team? The Morning Mix team? The newsletter researchers?”
The recently terminated reporter insisted that there have been “long-standing issues” within the paper that have not been addressed and that will only continue if they continue to be “trivializing” as a “Twitter spat.”
During her Twitter tirade, Sonmez said she was once punished “after I told my editors I needed to take a walk around the block after reading a difficult story.”
She also claimed “other colleagues have been punished for their trauma far more recently,” and said that the paper’s actions discouraged staffers from seeking “help they need” and that “the Post is a place where many of us fear our trauma will be used against us, based on the company’s past actions” and declared “long-standing problems at the company” have caused “employee retention problems.”
Washington Post executive editor Sally Buzbee issued a memo to staff this week encouraging them to “treat each other with respect and kindness,” following the infighting amongst her staff, but her pleas seem to have had little impact as Sonmez continued her attacks on Post reporter Jose Del Real as well as her editors, going so far as to accuse them of selectively enforcing social media policies.
“In this newsroom, we share many important common values: a belief in the power of journalism. Hatred of racist or sexist behavior, language or systems. A conviction that when people come together in good faith, with respect and trust, it creates an environment that enables each person to do powerful and important work. We also occasionally disagree: We come from different backgrounds and experiences, and we each see the world differently. That combination of shared values and diversity of viewpoints is our greatest strength,” Buzbee began the memo obtained by Fox News Digital.
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