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Fragile Felicia™ & The Prissy Post

Fragile Felicia Sonmez, elite Washington Post reporter who is the sort of woke prissy reporter ruining journalism

This is really idiotic:

The Washington Post has suspended reporter David Weigel without pay for retweeting a sexist joke, a person familiar with the matter told CNN on Monday.

Weigel did not respond to a request for comment, but an out-of-office email said that he would return on July 5.
A spokesperson for The Post declined to comment, citing a need for privacy regarding personnel matters.
Weigel on Friday retweeted YouTuber Cam Harless who joked, “Every girl is bi. You just have to figure out if it’s polar or sexual.”
Weigel removed the retweet and apologized, saying he “did not mean to cause any harm.”
But the matter prompted outcry from staffers, both inside and outside of the newsroom.

Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez raised hell about the Weigel tweet. Another reporter, a gay Mexican-American male, politely defended Weigel, and got dragged into the fray by this insane Sonmez wokester. Glenn Greenwald gets it right:


That screenshot is from the WaPo’s Taylor Lorenz, a hot mess of woke hysteria.

David Weigel should not have been suspended — but if they’re going to do that to him, then what the hell are they going to do about Felicia Sonmez, who went public attacking not one but two colleagues? Sonmez has had a tough life — she was once sexually assaulted — but actual non-narcissistic professionals don’t go after their colleagues in public like this, not when something can be handled privately. She was determined to make an example of poor Weigel.

See, this is why you should never, ever, ever hire woke people. Ever. Especially in journalism!

Honestly, I cannot imagine why any smart, capable young person would want to go into mainstream journalism today. I feel so lucky to have gotten in during the last good years, before woke blew it all up. At the college paper, just about everybody drank to excess, half the people smoked, and everybody cussed and made improper comments, and then went out to the bar when we put the paper to bed at night. It was awesome! 

And grown-up journalism was like that too, except when I started, in 1989, a lot of the reporters had been to rehab. Still, the idea was that you got into journalism because it was fun, filled with characters, and sometimes you could even do some good in the world. In one of my early journalism jobs, there was exactly one reporter who was what you would call today “woke,” and everybody avoided her, because she was utterly devoid of humor. You wondered why somebody like that would even want to go into journalism.

Now people like that basically run newsrooms. Where is the fun? Think of all the great newspaper and magazine writers of the twentieth century. How many of them would last five minutes in a contemporary newsroom? How many of them would want to be there? Journalists used to be fun to hang out with. When I was at the New York Post from 1998-2002, it was a lot of fun to go hang out at Langan’s Bar, and listen to the late, great tabloid master Steve Dunleavy hold court. Steve was never going to win a Pulitzer Prize, but man, did he ever make journalism seem like rascally fun. The stories he told — and most of them were true! It’s hard for me to imagine that Post ever going woke, but it’s also hard for me to imagine that there are any other newsrooms like it today.

I don’t know Dave Weigel, but I do know that he’s one of the best young reporters the Washington Post has. If they can make an example of him over tweeting a dopey joke, and let that harridan Felicia Sonmez who publicly persecuted him get away with her witch hunt, it’s a terrible sign to anybody with creativity and humor and flawed humanity. Only wokesters and cringing conformist robots need apply at the Washington Post. 

Ever read H.L. Mencken? He was a terrible person. A real bigot. He was also a genius and an American treasure. They would never let him in the door of an American newspaper today. Tom Wolfe? He was a courtly gentleman, but I bet his opinions would cause the Fragile Felicias of the world to scream bloody murder. Truman Capote was one of the century’s great magazine writers, and he was extravagantly gay, but surely not p.c. enough for the Fragile Felicias.

I cannot stand these people. They are ruining journalism. It used to be disreputable and therefore alive. Now it is agonizingly prissy, and dying from suffocation beneath the whalebone corsets and losing its circulation because of the too-tight mind-forg’d manacles. With Fragile Felicias and her woke tribe running newsrooms, it’s no place for creative, flawed geniuses. She’s no Molly Ivins, that’s for sure. As a well-known contemporary philosopher put it (NSFW):

UPDATE: Did you know that Sonmez actually sued the Post, her employer, because they wouldn’t let her cover sexual assault cases, because she had been the victim of sexual assault? No kidding. From March of this year:

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against The Washington Post and several of its editors that was filed by a staff reporter who alleged she faced discrimination on the job after she went public with her account of being a sexual assault victim.

In a ruling issued Friday in D.C. Superior Court, Judge Anthony C. Epstein said that politics reporter Felicia Sonmez had not demonstrated that The Post showed “discriminatory motive” when its editors decided to temporarily bar her from covering stories related to sexual harassment or misconduct.

Epstein noted that Sonmez alleged The Post reassigned her out of concerns “it had an advocate covering an issue she experienced.” However, that meant the company didn’t take action because of her victim status, he wrote, but rather to uphold an image of unbiased news coverage.

“News media companies have the right to adopt policies that protect not only the fact but also the appearance of impartiality,” the judge wrote.

He compared the editors’ decision to hypotheticals such as keeping a reporter who had spoken out about the personal impact of a relative’s murder from covering stories about violent crime, or a reporter who had campaigned for a political party from covering elections.

Fragile Felicia indeed. What kind of privileged twit takes her boss to court because she doesn’t get an assignment she wants? This person is trouble. The Post should fire her for insubordination over the way she went after Weigel and Jose Del Real, who had the temerity to defend Weigel. One of the conservatives I follow on Twitter said that he doesn’t understand why conservatives are falling all over ourselves to defend Weigel, who is not one of us. It’s because Weigel was treated unjustly here by the woke, in a way that either has happened or could happen to any of us. I don’t know Dave Weigel, and I don’t care what Weigel’s politics are: wrong is wrong. We don’t stand up for people who have been wronged because we like their politics, and we don’t fail to stand up for them because we dislike their politics. Felicia Sonmez is a bully, and she’s part of a class that bullies people constantly within professional journalism. Bullies have to be confronted.

Besides, if Dave Weigel is a liberal today, maybe having been mugged by a woke thug like Fragile Felicia will make a conservative of him.

UPDATE.2: Here’s the 2019 story of what happened to Jon Kaiman, the journalist whose career she helped destroy with a spurious claim of sexual harassment during the #MeToo era. Excerpt:

Until the spring of 2018, Jonathan Kaiman was the Beijing bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times. Today he is living at the home of his parents in Phoenix under conditions he describes as a form of psychological house arrest. There are no visitors, and his few remaining friends rarely call. He feels unable to make new ones, because he fears the reaction of anyone who Googles him. He’s 32, unemployed, and perhaps unemployable—”I’m radioactive,” as he puts it. And he’s still trying to find the right combination of psychotropic medication to quell the recurrent thought that ending his life may be the best way out.

His concern about search engines is not paranoia. Because if you Google Jonathan Kaiman today, the results will likely lead you to conclude that he is at best a sexual creep, at worst, well, it’s hard to tell—but something worse. He is one of the least famous, least powerful men on the lists published by The New York Times and Bloomberg of those who have lost their jobs in the wake of #MeToo. Kaiman was accused by two women, each once his friend, of behaving badly during separate casual sexual encounters, four years apart. The result of these accusations—even in the absence of any formal legal proceedings—has been a thoroughgoing destruction of his life.

You have to read the whole thing to fully grasp the viciousness of what Sonmez did to this poor man.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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