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Politico Suspends Reporter Joe Williams


. . . for comments he made while on MSDNC’s Martin Bashir show:

Politico has suspended reporter Joe Williams following incendiary remarks he made about Mitt Romney on Thursday.

Williams, who is the site’s White House correspondent, appeared on MSNBC with Martin Bashir to discuss Romney’s stance on immigration. When asked why Romney has trouble connecting with Hispanic voters, Williams said that the candidate appears “very comfortable” around “white folks.” Watch his remarks at the 9:13 mark in the clip above.

Politico editors Jim VandeHei and John Harris called the statement “unacceptable” in a memo to staff. It “fell short of our standards for fairness and judgment in an especially unfortunate way,” they wrote.

But as I wrote the other day, Chris Cillizza just sat there like a bump on a log while Andrea Mitchell aired doctored footage, and worse, threw out the debunked story of Bush 41 and the food scanner. Why is what Williams said worse than Cillizza letting Mitchell perpetuate a falsehood?


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