There was high drama on Twitter in recent days as a reporter for a major national newspaper went on a nearly week-long tirade against some of her own colleagues, editors, management, and the paper as an institute itself over a colleague’s mere retweeting of a joke that she deemed to be sexist and unacceptable.
That reporter is Felicia Sonmez, and she is now looking for a new job after The Washington Post finally fired her on Thursday for her antics that began six days earlier on Friday, the Daily Caller reported.
It was just a retweeted joke
It all started Friday when Sonmez called out fellow reporter Dave Weigel for retweeting a joke posted by another user that said: “Every girl is bi. You just have to figure out if it’s polar or sexual.” Sonmez sarcastically quipped, “Fantastic to work at a news outlet where retweets like this are allowed!”
More attacks against Weigel and The Post itself ensued and, for what it is worth, Weigel was suspended without pay for a month by Monday, but Sonmez was not satisfied and the ranting continued against Weigel, the paper, and other colleagues who sought to intervene and convince her to stop.
The continuing tirade from Sonmez only further intensified and, somewhat predictably, the woke leftist reporter quickly sought to portray herself as the real victim while she publicly aired all of her grievances against co-workers and the institution, even inspiring a few other likeminded reporters at the paper to do the same.
Fired for multiple forms of “misconduct”
It all eventually became too much for The Post to simply ignore, and Sonmez’s employment at the paper was ultimately terminated on Thursday.
According to The New York Times, which obtained a copy of the termination letter sent to Sonmez by chief human resources officer Wayne Connell, the reporter was fired “for misconduct that includes insubordination, maligning your co-workers online and violating The Post’s standards on workplace collegiality and inclusivity.”
Connell added that the integrity of The Post had been undermined by Sonmez’s “public attempts to question the motives of your co-journalists” and concluded, “We cannot allow you to continue to work as a journalist representing The Washington Post.”
No comment after a week’s worth of tweets
The Daily Beast, which was the first outlet to report that Sonmez had been fired, noted that both The Post and Sonmez declined to comment on the termination of all that had transpired before that final decision being made.
The Washington Post Guild also declined to comment directly on the firing of Sonmez but did release a more generalized statement about how reporters should only be terminated from the paper for “just cause.”
“The Washington Post Guild’s mission is to ensure equal treatment and protection for all employees and uplift members as they fight to create a just and inclusive workplace in which workers can thrive,” the guild said. “Unit leadership is committed to ensuring that our contract is respected and workers are only disciplined with just cause. We represent and provide support to all members facing discipline. We do not comment on individual personnel issues.”
Felicia Sonmez will almost certainly continue to portray herself as the victim and will undoubtedly allege some sort of bias and discrimination against her by The Post — she had previously unsuccessfully sued the paper over exactly that — but in truth, this mess is entirely of her own making and she had ample opportunity to stop digging the hole that she is in before she got in over her head and The Post felt compelled to cut her loose.