Washington Post Reporter Felicia Sonmez Sues The Washington Post: Read It For Yourself

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home.

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  1. Jaybird
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    Same thing happened to O’Reilly.

    Wait. How does whataboutism work again?Report

    • CJColucci in reply to Jaybird
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      What “thing” that happened to O’Reilly do you have in mind? In O’Reilly’s case, he was the sexual abuser. In this case, Sonmez was the sexually abused.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to CJColucci
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        I guess that this makes what the WaPo did especially egregious.

        Unless there’s some “we don’t think that you’ll have the necessary journalistic distance to cover this story fairly” thing going on. I wouldn’t want to be the editor defending that decision in the current year, I tell you what.Report

      • veronica d in reply to CJColucci
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        It seems almost as if JB cannot perceive the asymmetry between an abuser and a victim of abuse. This is a repeated pattern for him and it’s very odd.Report

        • Jaybird in reply to veronica d
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          (I was mocking “whataboutism”.)

          *I* wouldn’t be interested in defending it… but once people see who is sharpening their knives getting ready to pounce on Bezos’s newspaper for this, I am very interested in seeing who gets anti-anti.Report

          • CJColucci in reply to Jaybird
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            So, to repeat the question, what “thing” that happened to O’Reilly did you have in mind?Report

            • Jaybird in reply to CJColucci
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              Um, the fact that he got shitcanned for being a bad actor.

              Compare/contrast to being taken off of a beat for being harassed.

              Completely and absolutely different.

              But if I wanted to deflect an attack away from the Warshington Post, I’d yell “LOOK OVER THERE!” and point to Fox News or something.

              Because, well, you have to understand. The Warshington Post is doing important work. Stuff like this shouldn’t detract from what they’re doing.

              It’s the Al Franken of newspapers. People just want to kick it while it’s down in service to a belief system that they don’t even hold.Report

  2. Chip Daniels
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    Related:
    Activision Blizzard Sued Over ‘Frat Boy’ Culture, Harassment
    https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/activision-blizzard-sued-by-california-over-frat-boy-culture

    Because our Twitter age has the attention span of a gnat, I think there are a lot of people who think MeToo is sort of an old issue, discussed, litigated, resolved.

    But…the WaPo case and this one, demonstrate that the disrespect and marginalization of women is a continuing problem in need of being addressed.
    What they demonstrate isn’t rogue individuals, odd Man Bites Dog anomalies, but chronic persistent cultures that foster abuse.Report

    • Philip H in reply to Chip Daniels
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      Haven’t you heard Chip – everyone here except you and me is quite sure these are all individual choices and not the result of systems of “-isms” that need to be constantly addressed.Report

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