The Washington Submit has reprimanded one in all its editors over a tweet controversy.


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Govt Editor Sally Buzbee informed staff {that a} prime editor has been reprimanded over a tweet by which she criticized a San Francisco Chronicle column that condemned soccer participant Ben Roethlisberger, in response to an organization spokeswoman.

Lori Montgomery, who’s the Submit’s enterprise editor, tweeted final week that the column, which referenced allegations that Mr. Roethlisberger had raped girls and exhibited dangerous conduct, was “simply disproven” and “fully FoS.”

Ms. Montgomery’s preliminary tweet drew public criticism from some Washington Submit staff. She later tweeted that she regretted her preliminary publish and mentioned she didn’t intend to query the validity of accusations towards Mr. Roethlisberger. Mr. Roethlisberger has denied allegations of sexual assault.

Ms. Montgomery was given a verbal warning this previous weekend, the Submit spokeswoman mentioned. The Submit is planning to revise its social-media coverage as quickly because it fills a vacant standards-editor place, she mentioned. Ms. Buzbee’s remarks about reprimanding Ms. Montgomery got here throughout calls this week with teams of Submit staff, individuals acquainted with the discussions mentioned.

Ms. Montgomery referred a request for remark to the Submit.

Felicia Sonmez, a reporter on the newspaper, was among the many critics of Ms. Montgomery’s tweet. She mentioned in her personal publish on Twitter that the Washington Submit additionally reported on allegations of sexual assault towards Mr. Roethlisberger and requested whether or not staff would really feel protected reporting harassment to editors who make related feedback.

Ms. Sonmez sued the Washington Submit and several other of its prime editors final yr alleging the Submit discriminated and retaliated towards her. Ms. Montgomery is without doubt one of the editors named in Ms. Sonmez’s lawsuit. In her lawsuit, Ms. Sonmez says the Washington Submit unfairly prevented her from protecting tales associated to sexual harassment and assault as a result of they believed she had a battle of curiosity as a sexual-assault survivor.

A Washington Submit spokeswoman declined to touch upon Ms. Sonmez’s lawsuit. Ms. Sonmez had no fast remark.

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