Breitbart News Report Results in Suspension of Politico Reporter
You had better read this quick, because unless it's a Daily Caller reporter standing on the shoulders of "giants" to interrupt the President of the United States with a question, or a Daily News photographer being shoved around by the star of a low-rated sitcom, the corrupt media protects its own. So you can bet that the story of Joseph Williams, Politico's White House Correspondent, being suspended for outrageous race and class-baiting is about to go right down the ole' memory hole:
POLITICO reporter Joe Williams has been suspended pending review of recent controversial comments he made on television and Twitter, POLITICO editors informed staff late Thursday night.
On MSNBC today, Williams made a remark suggesting Mitt Romney was only comfortable around white people. The video was first flagged by conservative website Breitbart.com, which also flagged a series of tweets Williams had written that made fun of the Republican candidate, particularly in regard to his wealth.
"Regrettably, an unacceptable number of Joe Williams's public statements on cable and Twitter have called into question his commitment to this responsibility," POLITICO's founding editors John Harris and Jim VandeHei wrote in a memo to the staff. "His comment about Governor Romney earlier today on MSNBC fell short of our standards for fairness and judgment in an especially unfortunate way."
Politico's Dylan Byers didn't bother to link our report. [UPDATE: Poynter was also curious about Byers not linking us, but without an update Byers is now linking]. My guess is that Politico doesn't want to call attention to Williams' most outrageous act, a "dick" joke-tweet aimed at Ann Romney – an act Byers doesn't even mention in his write up. Byers also doesn't tell readers that Williams is a Politico White House Correspondent.
Oh, yes, they protect their own.
And I promise you this story won't earn a hundredth of the media outrage the Daily Caller's Neil Munro received after aggressively questioning Power.
Poor Joseph Williams. He has to be wondering what the hell's going on right now. Here he works for an outlet which, over the years, has become one with MSNBC, and he's catching a suspension for race and class-baiting.
That's like being sent to church and suspended for praying.
I have MSNBC (and CNN) on 15 hours a day and can tell you for a fact that Politico reporters must have cots and sleeping bags in that studio. MSNBC is an openly leftist news outlet, and Politico appearing with Martin Bashir, Al Sharpton, Maddow, or Ed is no different than writing for the Daily Kos. And Politico rarely argues with the MSNBC host. Instead, like Mr. Williams, they are there to push whatever talking points MSNBC wants to push.
So here you have the entire Politico institution in an unholy union with MSNBC -- proudly sharing its brand with a network almost exclusively devoted to race and class-baiting, and Williams is suspended for race and class-baiting.
Williams must be flabbergasted right now…
Politico itself has an ex-Soros employee constantly crusading against the idea that private citizens would inject outside money into politics. Well, let me clarify: conservatives would inject outside money…
Politico's perverted relationship with the anti-Semitic, Soros-funded, tax-exempt Media Matters has been well documented.
Politico's crusade to bully private citizens who might do harm to Obama with their private activism is also well documented.
Politico's also quite notorious for its naked attacks to remove conservative voices from the air.
The only difference between what Williams did and what Politico does every day is that Williams was honest enough not to disguise what he was doing on Twitter as journalism. Other than honesty, there's absolutely no difference between Mr. Williams and his corrupt employer.
On a daily basis, Politico creates an environment in which Mr. Williams felt that what he was doing out in the open was not only acceptable, but his job.
Obviously, Politico will never do the right thing and suspend itself.
That's okay, New Media's just getting warmed up.
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***This post has been updated for purposes of clarification.