The Washington Post fired political reporter Felicia Sonmez on Thursday after she spent the last week sharply criticizing her colleagues and the paper’s leadership, in accordance with multiple reports.
Sonmez didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. Her firing was reported by CNN, the Day by day Beast and Recent York Times reporter Katie Robinson
Kris Coratti Kelly, The Washington Post’s chief communications officer, told The Recent York Post: “We don’t discuss personnel matters.”
Sonmez, who has been on the paper for a decade, made headlines last Friday when she blasted fellow political reporter Dave Weigel for retweeting a sexist joke. Weigel subsequently apologized and was suspended without pay for a month.
On Tuesday, Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee warned reporters to take care of a “collegial” workplace and refrain from attacking colleagues on Twitter.
But Sonmez took to the social media platform again Thursday to blast Post reporters who sent out tweets praising the Jeff Bezos-owned paper as a “collegial” workplace and “downplaying the Post’s workplace issues.”
Felicia Sonmez spent the last week sharply criticizing her colleagues and the paper’s leadership, in accordance with multiple reports.AP
Sonmez took to Twitter again Thursday to blast Post reporters who sent out tweets praising the Jeff Bezos-owned paper as a “collegial” workplace.Twitter / @feliciasonmez
The Harvard-educated journalist noted that the reporters who “issued synchronized tweets … are all white” and are “among the many highest-paid employees within the newsroom, making double and even triple what another National desk reporters are making, particularly journalists of color.”
A lot of her colleagues had been getting fed up with Sonmez’s social media onslaught, Vanity Fair reported on Wednesday
“Working at an enormous news organization — the Post, the Recent York Times, CNN — is like living in a giant city where there are all the time emergencies,” one staffer told the outlet.
“As a colleague, you almost certainly ought to be attempting to help fund the fireplace department or city services and make it a greater place to live; at worst, you’re not paying your taxes,” one other said.
“After which you might have Felicia, who is actually pouring gasoline on every fire and alluring people to observe.”
Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee warned reporters to take care of a “collegial” workplace and refrain from attacking colleagues on Twitter. The Washington Post via Getty Im
Weigel subsequently apologized and was suspended without pay for a month. ABC via Getty Images
The article detailed an incident where Sonmez sent a “reply all” email from Matea Gold, the Washington Post’s national editor, through which the reporter alleged she was “punished [in 2018] after I told an editor that I needed to take a walk across the block after reading a difficult story.”
In what appears to be her final tweetstorm before being canned, she linked to the Vanity Fair article.
She accused the paper of “punishing reporters for his or her trauma” and of “discouraging them from searching for help they need.”
“I care deeply about my colleagues, and I would like this institution to offer support for all employees,” Sonmez tweeted.
“Straight away, the Post is a spot where a lot of us fear our trauma can be used against us, based on the corporate’s past actions,” she said.
—Additional reporting by Ariel Zilber