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‘Unacceptable’: Politico WH Reporter Suspended

Politico has suspended its White House correspondent Joseph Williams for public comments he has made about Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney.

“When [Romney] comes on Fox & Friends, they’re like him, they’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company,” Williams said on MSNBC yesterday. For a site like, this is their bread and butter, and they are relentlessly pushing the video along with a series of tweets by Williams making jabs at Romney’s wealth. See the report.

The Free Beacon was the first to highlight Williams’ comments on MSNBC, which was linked by the Drudge Report.

Politico‘s media reporter Dylan Byers published an internal memo from Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and Editor-in-Chief John Harris. “Regrettably, an unacceptable number of Joe Williams’s public statements on cable and Twitter have called into question his commitment to this responsibility,” said VandeHarris. “His comment about Governor Romney earlier today on MSNBC fell short of our standards for fairness and judgment in an especially unfortunate way.”

More from the memo…

“Joe has acknowledged that his appearance reflected a poor choice of words,” the continued. “This appearance came in the context of other remarks on Twitter that, cumulatively, require us to make clear that our standards are serious, and so are the consequences for disregarding them. This is true for all POLITICO journalists, including an experienced and well-respected voice like Joe Williams.”

Williams’ Twitter account is now protected.

According to Williams’ profile on Politico, he’s a “veteran political journalist and telegenic, quick-witted analyst,” who previously worked for the Boston Globe, the Miami Herald and the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.

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