A new generation of j schoolers had begun to organize newsrooms, create pressure groups, oust colleagues and organize to get editors fired. This was what lefties had been doing successfully in academia and they swiftly made inroads. Two data points make a line, not a trend, but they’re striking nonetheless.
The Washington Post ousted Felicia Somnez after an extended woke Twitter campaign targeting her colleagues.
The Washington Post on Thursday fired Felicia Sonmez, the reporter who has been extraordinarily critical of her colleagues and the newspaper’s leadership over the last several days, two people familiar with the matter told CNN on Thursday.
The Post’s termination notice, a copy of which was seen by CNN, said Sonmez was fired for “misconduct that includes insubordination, maligning your coworkers online and violating The Post’s standards on workplace collegiality and inclusivity.”
“We cannot allow you to continue to work as a journalist representing The Washington Post,” the letter concluded.
And now the New Yorker has drawn woke blood.
The decision to fire Erin Overbey, the New Yorker staffer who last week very publicly flamed the magazine and its top editor David Remnick, was made at the highest echelons of Condé Nast, two people with knowledge of the situation told Confider.
The New Yorker’s archive editor was fired Friday afternoon on a Zoom call “due to a pattern of conduct that is disruptive to the operation of the company and undermines the journalistic ethics of our magazine,” according to a copy of her termination letter reviewed by Confider.
Those allegations, which were also posted to Twitter, included everything from pay disparity to diversity issues in the workplace—and were posted after management had spoken with Overbey about alleged problems with her work, the sources told Confider.
Her termination letter further cited “your history of performance issues… your history of inappropriate and unprofessional behavior toward colleagues… your recent violation of the Company’s Global Business Communications Policy, and… your Final Warning for self-plagiarism issued on September 10, 2021.” Overbey was “unnecessarily hostile” and “an opportunist” who popped off on social media whenever she had run-ins with management, four current and former New Yorker staffers alleged to Confider.
The former archive editor, who says she was “shocked” when she was fired on Friday, claimed she’d been in multiple discussions with colleagues about the lack of black editors on The New Yorker’s masthead. “This is specifically about the lack of diversity and the lack of pay equality at the magazine,” Overbey, who is white, told us.
The language is fairly similar and it amounts to another major legacy media publication deciding to finally hold the line and enforce basic professional standards. The only thing shocking about this is that the media had refused to do this for years and instead allowed itself to be terrorized by the monsters it had spawned.
Now two messages have been sent. We’ll see how the Alien vs. Predator battle between establishment media leftists and woke insurgents plays out.