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Tension at The Washington Post

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Alma, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    Just trying to expand my range.
     
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  2. BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo

    BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo Well-Known Member

    You could have told me this in 2008, Write!!!!
     
  3. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    If her editors couldn’t be bothered with calling her before she was fired, that’s a slap in the face.

    Then again she couldn’t be bothered with reaching out to her co-workers and superiors before and while going on a tantrum, so perhaps it’s deserved.
     
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  4. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Also known as the Jesus Christ Award.
     
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  5. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

    Given how she publicly torched the newsroom and everyone around her on her crazed Twitter spree, she deserved the most impersonal of firings. And imagine the scene she might have caused if they did it in the office.

    At this point she was a pipe bomb. Dismantle it from afar.
     
  6. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    No reason why it wouldn't. In most cases, email has the same evidentiary value as written agreements, which typically means judges and juries like it more than verbal agreements. It sounds like she was going to go Scorched Earth upon termination, so it's not like The Post significantly lowers their liability because they bring her in fire her, since I doubt she would sign the termination documents anyway. If anything, email is the best and most precise way to eliminate the job, because then you have a timestamp document with the exact end date, instead of waiting for them to post more things on social media whilst technically an employee.
     
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  7. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Doesn't the Post have a nearby saloon where reporters and editors go to bitch about colleagues who aren't there? Didn't anybody tell Sonmez about it? She might still have a job if they did. Then again, she doesn't seem like the kind of person I'D tell about a saloon I liked.
     
  8. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Regarding the email firing...

    I don't know what their work situation is these days, but I had a co-worker who was fired by phone. She started waging a social media jihad because it was so awful to fire her by phone. Thing was... she was working remotely and hadn't set foot in the newsroom for months.

    If I'm getting fired, I don't need to drive 40 miles in to the office to get fired. Just call me, thanks.
     
  9. BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo

    BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo Well-Known Member

    I can't tell if this reassures me about our current state of affairs or not, but this has crossed my mind a lot the last few years. I'm about 10 years older than you and I can't tell if I was just sheltered or if I came of age in a seemingly simpler time (probably a combination thereof), but I've tried reminding myself none of this is new, for better or worse. Hopefully emerging from it previously is a good sign. We'll see?
     
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  10. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Some of my favorite nights in the business involved post-shift drinks at a dive or on someone’s deck, accompanied by an occasional game of darts.
     
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  11. MeanGreenATO

    MeanGreenATO Active Member

    I'm sure it's standard protocol but WaPo pointing out in the email that she was banned from stepping back into the building seemed like a twist of the knife. Also, she hasn't tweeted since before she was canned.
     
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  12. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    The whole thing is giving me vibes of “You’re not wrong, you’re just an asshole.” It should have ended with Weigel being suspended.

    What Weigel retweeted was stupid. The need to continue calling it out smacks of chirping at an umpire three innings after a bad strike call. You might be right in your contention, but you still risk getting ejected. And you know you risk getting ejected, because you know arguing balls and strikes is a no-no and you’ve been told that since you were playing Little League.
     
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