The Washington Post has reprimanded certainly one of its prime editors over a tweet wherein she criticized a column that had slammed Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Lori Montgomery, the newspaper’s enterprise editor, received into scorching water after she posted a now-deleted tweet in response to an SF Gate column that referenced Roethlisberger’s alleged rapes and unhealthy conduct, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“The only interesting thing about this column is how easily disproven and completely FoS it is,” Montgomery, who hails from the Pittsburgh space, wrote of the sports activities column that was printed final week.
In her column titled “Thank you, Ben Roethlisberger…for being a real jackass,” SF Gate author Drew Magary had written that Roethlisberger “sucks” and that she needs “he’d never been born.” She then listed rape allegations leveled by no less than two completely different ladies in opposition to Roethlisberger in addition to different accusations of “belligerent” conduct.
Roethlisberger has denied any wrongdoing.
The longtime quarterback for the Steelers is prone to retire on the finish of this season. Magary’s column was written hours after what was broadly believed to be the two-time Super Bowl winner’s remaining residence sport at Heinz Field.
A Post spokesperson instructed the Journal that Montgomery was given a verbal warning final weekend. The newspaper can also be planning to revise its social media coverage as soon as a standards-editor place is stuffed.
Montgomery’s tweet, which linked to an article by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, was panned by Twitter customers and staff at her personal newspaper. She then deleted it and stated she regretted posting a message that made it seem she was doubting Roethlisberger’s alleged victims.
That did little quell the anger, notably from fellow Post journalist Felicia Sonmez, who tweeted: “Respectfully, @lorimontgomery, this @drewmagary column contains facts about sexual assault allegations against Ben Roethlisberger that the Washington Post’s own story backs up.”
Roethlisberger, the two-time Super Bowl winner who’s prone to retire on the finish of the season, has denied allegations that he raped two ladies.Getty Images
In a subsequent tweet, Sonmez, who covers nationwide politics for the Post, famous that Montgomery was named as a defendant in a discrimination lawsuit that she filed in opposition to the newspaper in July.
Sonmez, who as soon as accused a Los Angeles Times journalist of assaulting her in China, says she filed the swimsuit after alleging that her employer twice barred her from overlaying tales about sexual assault.
She alleges she was barred by the newspaper from writing about allegations in opposition to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh throughout his affirmation hearings.
Sonmez was additionally positioned on depart after tweeting about rape allegations in opposition to Kobe Bryant simply hours after the basketball star died in a helicopter crash.
The Post requested a courtroom to dismiss the lawsuit, saying that Sonmez’s claims have been “nothing more” than a marketing campaign in opposition to its “journalistic and editorial policies.”