Businesshala News Exclusive | Washington Post Reprimands Business Editor Over Tweet Criticizing Column About NFL’s Ben Roethlisberger

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Business editor Lori Montgomery received a verbal warning for tweeting about an article addressing sexual harassment allegations against the quarterback

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Ms Montgomery’s initial tweet drew public criticism from some Washington Post employees. She later tweeted that she regretted her initial post and said she had no intention of questioning the validity of the allegations against Mr. Roethlisberger. Mr Roethlisberger has denied the allegations of sexual harassment.

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Ms Montgomery was given a verbal warning this past weekend, the Post’s spokeswoman said. He said the Post plans to revise its social-media policy as soon as it fills a vacant standards-editor position. Ms Buzby’s comments about reprimanding Ms Montgomery came during a call with groups of Post employees this week, people familiar with the discussion said.

Ms Montgomery sent the Post a request for comment.

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One of the newspaper reporter Felicia Sonmez was among critics of Ms Montgomery’s tweet. She said in her own post on Twitter that the Washington Post also reported on sexual harassment allegations against Mr. Roethlisberger and asked whether employees would feel safe reporting the harassment to editors making similar comments.

Ms Sonmez sued the Washington Post and several of its top editors last year, alleging that the Post discriminated against her and retaliated. Ms. Montgomery is one of the editors named in Ms. Sonmez’s lawsuit. In her lawsuit, Ms Sonmez says The Washington Post unfairly prevented her from covering stories related to sexual assault and assault because it believed she had a conflict of interest as a sex-assault survivor .

The Washington Post, in its motion to dismiss Ms Sonmez’s lawsuit, said her claims were “nothing more” than a campaign against the Post’s “journalistic and editorial policies”.

According to people familiar with the discussions, Ms Buzby told staff this week that the editors of the Washington Post had issued a written apology to Sonmez for how she treated her last year.

In a March 2021 email to Ms. Sonmez, which they shared with the Wall Street Journal, a group of editors wrote, “We have placed limits on the scope of your work that we have concluded are unnecessary. We look at those ways.” In which we should have given more support than yours.”

In response to the email, the subject of which was “Hope you’re OK,” Ms Sonmez said the actions of some editors at the publication were “unqualified” and “an outrage”.

A Washington Post spokeswoman declined to comment further on Ms Sonmez’s lawsuit.

Write Benjamin Mullin at [email protected] and Alexandra Bruell at [email protected]

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A top Washington Post editor has been reprimanded over a tweet criticizing an SF Gate column. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that it criticized the San Francisco Chronicle column. (Corrected Jan. 12.)

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