Politico suspends Joe Williams over Romney remarks

Politico reporter Joe Williams went on Martin Bashir’s MSNBC show on Thursday and, according to Breitbart.com, “all but called Mitt Romney a racist.” The site posted several of Williams’ tweets, including the one below. (His Twitter account is now protected.)

“This is our MSM,” Breitbart.com’s John Nolte wrote on his post about Williams. “This is Politico. This is why God created Andrew Breitbart.”

Politico reported early this morning that Williams has been suspended for “suggesting Mitt Romney was only comfortable around white people.” A memo from Politico editors John Harris and Jim VandeHei says of Williams:

Joe Williams

His comment about Governor Romney earlier today on MSNBC fell short of our standards for fairness and judgment in an especially unfortunate way.

Joe has acknowledged that his appearance reflected a poor choice of words. 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.”

Following discussion of this matter with editors, Joe has been suspended while we review the matter.

The editor’s memo added that “Politico journalists have a clear and inflexible responsibility to cover politics fairly and free of partisan bias.”

One conservative site’s reaction to the news: “The suspension is a revelation. I mean, who knew there were standards at Politico of all places?”

* Politico reporter Joe Williams suspended for comments (Politico.com)
* Politico reporter says Romney only comfortable with whites (Breitbart.com)

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