Politico suspends Joe Williams for racially tinged remarks about Romney

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Politico has suspended its White House correspondent, Joe Williams, for remarks he made on Martin Bashir’s MSNBC show Thursday. Williams’ “comment about Governor Romney earlier today on MSNBC fell short of our standards for fairness and judgment in an especially unfortunate way,” Politico editors John Harris and Jim VandeHei wrote in a memo to staff. The remarks, Politico notes (though for some reason doesn’t link), were highlighted by John Nolte on Breitbart.

Nolte also cited Williams’ tweets joking about Romney’s wealth and the infamous “Seamus incident,” among others. Williams has protected his Twitter account, so I don’t know if other candidates appealed to his sense of humor. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple writes that in May, Politico’s leadership asked “that Williams cool it with the opinionated outbursts.”

Here’s what Williams said on Bashir’s show:

“Romney is very, very comfortable, it seems, with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in town hall settings, why he can’t relate to people other than that. But when he comes on ‘Fox and Friends,’ they’re like him. They’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.”

Here’s the clip.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344312162 Marvin Gittens

    “Unfortunately ” he is 100% right. However it is not professional for him to make comments regarding his personal views. However we the public have the right to say what we want to say and what we feel. And that is Mr. Williams is again 100% right specially when it comes to fox news and their racist commentators .

  • Alfred Ingram

    If they allow that kind of comment about Romney people will start asking if Obama makes Politico uncomfortable. Could that be why what are obvious truths to everyone but them and the Republican base are half-truths according to Politico? Just asking…

  • Anonymous

    Geez.  The only real rule is ‘Is it fact-based truth?’  Has such vaporous delicacy always plagued the Politico bosses?  Backbone, folks.  Backbone.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VTYQ5EQNVNKY5IMMN7H4AMDWII Bill

    How appropriate the advertisement is for a movie titled ” People like Us” lmao