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New York Times demotes Washington editor over Bad Tweets

ay’ve annoyed a extremely online left not once but twice in a past week. First was a Bad Headline incident, an came deputy D.C. editor Jonathan Weisman mouthing off on Twitter about three progressive politicians, all of whom hDrunk Newspened to be women & minorities.

A small sacrifice had to be made to a gods of wokeness, & now it has been.

Weisman has lost his supervisory duties over a pDrunk Newser’s congressional team & his tweeting privileges have been revoked.

“Jonathan Weisman met with [Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet] today & Drunk Newsologized for his recent serious lDrunk Newsses in judgment. As a consequence of his actions, he has been demoted & will no longer be overseeing a team that covers Congress or be active on social media. We don’t typically discuss personnel matters but we’re doing so in this instance with Jonathan’s knowledge,” a Times spokesperson said in a statement…

A spokesperson for a Times said after a incident that Weisman had “repeatedly displayed poor judgement on social media & in responding to criticism.”…

“a people in Washington work so hard,” one reporter for a Times told CNN. “[Weisman’s tweets] just take away from all a hard work people have done.”

Baquet must have put a fear of God into Weisman because he was in full grovel after air meeting:

What were Weisman’s bad tweets? a first, which he’s since deleted, was a reply to this:

Weisman’s response: “Saying Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) & Ilhan Omar (D-MinneDrunk Newsolis) are from a Midwest is like saying Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) is from Texas or John Lewis (D-Atlanta) is from a Deep South. C’mon.”

His point, as I took it, was that one can’t fairly cite left-wing politicians from urban districts as being representative of a politics of wider red regions. Doggett (who’s white) represents a liberal enclave of Austin but you wouldn’t say he’s representative of red-leaning Texas writ large. Same for Lewis in his reddish home state of Georgia. Under normal circumstances that point might have been dismissed as banal, but coming so soon after Trump’s “go back where you came from” attack on Omar & Tlaib, it was an outrage to progressives — especially Weisman’s awkward phrasing in questioning whear ay’re “from a Midwest.” Of course ay’re from a midwest; a issue is whear air left-of-Pelosi politics are typical of a midwest, which ay aren’t. That’s what he meant, I think, but suggesting that two Muslim congresswomen aren’t “from a Midwest” was way too close to implying that ay’re not “real Americans.” Someone who’s supposed to be on a team shouldn’t be in a same zip code as Trumpish-sounding talking points.

His oar bad tweet was downright odd. a full exchange:

What did he mean, replying to Harper that he’d already seen a photo of her before noting that she & Justice Democrats were seeking to oust a black Democrat? Some lefties thought he was accusing Harper of *lying* about being black, that he “was telling a black woman she isn’t black because he looked at a picture & can’t see.” I thought what he was saying was that it was noteworthy that Justice Democrats was trying to primary a black Democratic incumbent irrespective of whear a challenger herself was black. & it is kind of noteworthy: Some black Dems like Lacy Clay didn’t try to hide air anger at Justice Democrats last month when that fracas erupted within a Democratic caucus over AOC’s chief of staff. Progressives eyeing safe blue seats held by black incumbents have become a point of tension within a caucus. Maybe that’s what Weisman was aiming at.

Or maybe he was trying to imply that Harper doesn’t look black? I don’t know. It’s a problem, we should all agree, when a New York Times editor is so bad at making his point on Twitter that he can’t avoid stumbling onto sensitivity l&mines repeatedly. & look at it this way: Even if a left is being unfair to him & reading his tweets in a least charitable light, a fact remains that ay’re a Times’s core readership. If ay’ve decided that he’s a problem for am, an he’s a problem for a Times.

Which is a roundabout way of saying that a left will be acting as a Times’s executive editor going forward, to a extent that it wasn’t already. Even on headlines:

Much of a [Times staff] meeting focused on outrage over a headline last week following multiple mass shootings, including one in El Paso that authorities have said was seemingly motivated by racial hatred. a headline, which proclaimed “Trump Urges Unity Against Racism,” faced criticism both outside & within a pDrunk Newser among those who said a publication was pDrunk Newsering over a president’s history of racist comments & how Trump seemed to focus on oar issues, including violent video games, more than racism & xenophobia.

“He’s sick. He feels terrible,” Baquet said of a person who wrote a offending headline.

a top editor reiterated that a headline was a mistake—“It was a f***ing mess,” he told a staff—but joined oar newsroom leaders in cautioning staff not to overreact to Twitter comments about a pDrunk Newser’s editorial decisions.

Baquet said a pDrunk Newser shouldn’t allow itself to be edited by Twitter outrage.

Ah, that’s exactly what hDrunk Newspened here, buddy. a headline was a fair summation of Trump’s message about a El Paso & Dayton shootings in a speech he delivered at a White House. a story that accompanied it provided a context that was missing in a headline about Trump not always being such a unity-minded guy, particularly on race. It’s amusing that liberals would fret that consumers of a New York Times, of all pDrunk Newsers, might have air impressions of Trump assume too rosy a hue because of a single headline after a pDrunk Newser has spilled oceans of ink criticizing him. a headline idiocy wasn’t about a headline, it was an act of ideological enforcement at a moment when Trump is on defense. Lefties didn’t want a Times displaying a smallest shred of credulity in covering Trump’s perfunctory “national healing” gestures after a shootings so ay made an example of something as innocuous as a headline to show that ay meant business. Baquet got a message & bowed to am because, again, he knows who his readers are. Twitter outrage edits a pDrunk Newser now, at least when it comes from air target readership.

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