Politico has suspended reporter Joe Williams, after breitbart.com’s John Nolte published some tweets from Williams’ private Twitter account: POLITICO Reporter Suspended for Remarks.
On MSNBC today, Williams made a remark suggesting Mitt Romney was only comfortable around white people. The video was first flagged by conservative website Washington Free Beacon. breitbart.com ran the video and 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.”
“Joe has acknowledged that his appearance reflected a poor choice of words,” the continued. “This appearance came in the context of other remarks on Twitter that, cumulatively, require us to make clear that our standards are serious, and so are the consequences for disregarding them. This is true for all POLITICO journalists, including an experienced and well-respected voice like Joe Williams.”
“Following discussion of this matter with editors, Joe has been suspended while we review the matter,” they wrote.
This is the actual quote from Joe Williams on Martin Bashir’s MSNBC show:
It’s very interesting that he does so many appearances on “ Fox & Friends .” And it’s unscripted. It’s only time they let Mitt off the leash, so to speak. But it also points out a larger problem he’s got to solve if he wants to be successful come this fall. Romney is very, very comfortable, it seems, with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in some town hall settings, why he can’t relate to people other than that. But when he comes on “ Fox & Friends,” they are like him, they’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company, so it really is a very stark contrast, I think, and a problem that he has not been able to solve to date, and he’s going to have to network harder if he’s going to try to compete.
And these are the tweets that Williams posted to his “protected” account (a protected account is private, and only approved followers can see it):
GOP definition of “voter fraud” @LOLGOP: Breaking: If people are able to vote, Obama will win. fb/me/1cby5M4ur
Or both @utaustinliberal: Either Ann Romney meant Mitt is flaccid or that when we “unzip him” we’ll find he’s a dick. abcnews.go.com…
While I can appreciate Politico’s desire to appear impartial, and sort of agree that Williams may have gone over the line with his Twitter comments (although these tweets actually seem pretty mild to me, for a reason I’ll be getting to in a second), there’s another angle to this breitbart.com-driven hit job on Joe Williams that needs to be reported as well.
Because the author of the Breitbart story, John Nolte, has a documented habit of not simply criticizing his political enemies, but actually calling for them to be murdered. And not in a joking way, either.
Here’s a tweet posted by John Nolte last November, when he was ranting and raving about Occupy Wall Street:
And more recently, Nolte posted an article at breitbart.com about an HBO show he found offensive — and called for the mother of one of the show’s child actors to be murdered. Again, not kidding, and not private, either; right out in the open on a popular right wing website. Quote:
The Left is so far gone that we can’t even find agreement on the basis that this is unacceptable.
And whoever this little girl’s stage mom is — she should be murdered.
Hey Politico: maybe this should be reported as well? I’m not suggesting that you sink to the level of breitbart.com, but if the Breitbart crew is going to be launching attacks against your reporters, maybe their own ugly remarks should also be a subject of interest.
Oh, and by the way — the reader comments for John Nolte’s hit piece are just brimming with overt racism. As you might expect.
Williams makes a good case for the legitimacy of racism!
Monkeys don’t talk.. they tweet.
Suspended? He should be fired. Williams is a Biblical term for donkey!
These black reporters who cry “racist” at Romney are racist jokes themselves. Being called a racist by some of these walking turds should be considered a badge of honor.
One of obama’s brothas doing what they do best….
was that one too fat to fit in a Black Panther uniform.
Statistically, there is an 80% chance Williams is illegitimate,
perhaps that is what made him so bitter.
The usual gutter fare from the brothas who so obediently serve obama.
you can take the man out of the ghetto,
you can not take the ghetto out of the man.
So sad to see dumb negroes making utter FOOLS out of themselves like this.
What a nasty sub-human.
This guy’s face resembles the thing he spoke about. The forward section that is. Next this piece of carbon paper will be a full professor at some 20,000 dollar a year uni.
Where da white womens at?
There must be an endless supply of these gutter dwellers just like rats at the garbage dump.
They’re all products of broken homes, liberal marriages (which basically wind up in divorce) no parents at home after school, and fetal alcohol syndrome, wiping out the empathetic region of the brain. There are legions of psychopaths like this thanks to the liberalism that swept the nation when God became irrelevant.
seems like joe williams is infatuated with white penis,,,i bet in progressive circle jerks he,s knows as chuggs….
i believe that william is just expressing his desire to have mitt’s white meat in his mouth. william is just tire off obama’s dark meat. his also tire of using his tongue to clean out obama’s royal butthole.
And black people wonder why they are disliked.
Another sex obsessed black racist. What a surprise.
Snarky blacks everywhere now! They are NASTY and MEAN.
And they called the GOP the party of the apes……this guy is Dr. Zaius.
looks more like General Ursus, but on the down low.
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