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Gayle in MD
07-02-2012, 07:01 AM
Journalist Joe Williams has lost his job at Politico, the website reported Saturday, one week after he was suspended for making controversial comments about Mitt Romney on cable television and Twitter.

Politico editor John Harris announced Williams' departure in a memo sent to staff Saturday morning. "After some cordial discussions, Joe Williams and I mutually decided that the best step for him is to begin a transition to the next phase of his career," he wrote. "Joe is an experienced and respected journalist, with keen insights into politics. After nearly 30 years in the business, he has the authority and is ready to give voice to his insights and conclusions in a new setting."

On June 21, Williams made an MSNBC appearance to discuss immigration. When asked what his thoughts were on Romney's problem connecting with Hispanic voters, he said the former Massachusetts governor appeared ""very comfortable" around "white folks."

Conservative websites pounced on the remarks, posting the video and digging through Williams' tweets for examples of overtly partisan leanings. Politico editors responded that day, suspending Williams and releasing a statement saying his MSNBC remark "fell short of our standards for fairness and judgment." They also faulted "an unacceptable number" of Williams' statements on Twitter for failing to "cover politics fairly and free of partisan bias," as Politico reporters are required to do.

In an interview with Current TV host Bill Press days after his suspension, Williams claimed that he had been the target of a deliberate right-wing smear campaign. ""It's the schoolyard bully concept," he said. "They're in the business of gathering scalps."

According to Politico media reporter Dylan Byers, Williams wrote that he was "disappointed" at the circumstances surrounding his exit, but was still grateful he had a chance to work at the organization.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/30..._n_1640159.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/30/joe-williams-politico-reporter-mitt-romney-comments_n_1640159.html)


<span style="color: #990000"> Does anyone believe that Romney isn't more comfortable around his white Morman population?

There is a Morman married to a distant cousin who lives in KY. Total Nutjob! The religion was clearly based on misogyny and racism. It is NOT a christian religion, and Murdoch is wrong, it is as evil as they come, and just as evil as Scientology. </span>

Gayle in MD
07-02-2012, 07:22 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">This is just the latest in a series of anti-Romney tweets. Last week, the News Corp CEO wrote that Romney "Seems to play everything safe, make no news except burn off Hispanics."

Murdoch's criticism may come as a surprise to those who watch and follow right-leaning Fox News (which Murdoch owns.) The network has offered generally positive coverage of the GOP candidate. Earlier this year, Romney told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that Fox has given his campaign "good, fair play." Even Newt Gingrich complained that "Fox has been for Romney all the way through."

Murdoch also sounded off on the news that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing.

"Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in hiearchy," he said. "Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people."

<span style='font-size: 11pt'>UP-date: </span>

Apparently, the tweet elicited a flood of responses. Murdoch later wrote, "Since Scientology tweet hundreds of attacks. Expect they will increase and get worse and maybe threatening. Still stick to my story."

One person reacted by asking Murdoch for his opinion on Mormons. "Mormonism a mystery to me, but Mormons certainly not evil," Murdoch replied.

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<span style='font-size: 11pt'>Rupert: </span>

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">make no news except burn off Hispanics."

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VS:

<span style='font-size: 11pt'>Joe Williams of Politico: </span>

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> he said the former Massachusetts governor appeared ""very comfortable" around "white folks."
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Which comment was more racist?

LOL...what a crock!

Speak truth, get fired, unless your Murdoch, and own the organization, that is....

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