Reporters and media employees should be unbiased and objective. Cursing at a Presidential candidate, via Twitter, is not a good way of proving your skills in that arena. Yet, that is exactly what NY Times News Assistant Philip Richardson did last week:
The tweet occured as Jeb Bush was in New Hampshire, speaking on poverty, and commented that stronger families are necessary to defeat poverty.
The Bush campaign jumped on the tweet, with spokesman Tim Miller tweeting:
In a statements, a Times spokesperson said:
“This tweet was completely inappropriate. Philip Richardson is a news assistant on The Times’s clerical staff, assigned to the photo desk. He is not a reporter or editor and is not involved in political coverage. Nevertheless, tweets like this are inappropriate for any Times newsroom staffer, and managers will take the necessary steps to deal with the situation.”
Incidentally, previous to this incident, Richardson identified himself as a Times employee in his Twitter bio. However, his Twitter bio now reads, “Visual and Social Media. Writer/Blogger/Producer.” That’s not to say that he is no longer with the Times, but at the very least, he did remove his affiliation from his personal twitter profile.
The conclusion: If you are in the media, don’t take to Twitter to curse off Presidential candidates. I thought we had established that one a few months ago, but I guess not.
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