Washington Post Confirms Suspension of Reporter Following Kobe Bryant Tweets

Variety | 4/11/2016 | Naman Ramachandran
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The Washington Post has suspended national political news reporter Felicia Sonmez following her tweets around late NBA star Kobe Bryant’s rape allegation and the backlash she received online.

The outlet confirmed to Variety that it has taken action against Sonmez.

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Tracy Grant, managing editor of The Washington Post, said: “National political reporter Felicia Sonmez was placed on administrative leave while The Post reviews whether tweets about the death of Kobe Bryant violated The Post newsroom’s social media policy. The tweets displayed poor judgment that undermined the work of her colleagues.“

Sonmez tweeted a link from The Daily Beast, published Apr. 11, 2016, with the headline “Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession.”

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However, it is believed that the tweet that prompted her suspension is a screenshot of her work inbox showing the extent of the backlash she received – a disclosure that goes against the outlet’s policies. The journalist has since taken down the tweets...
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