It’s fascinating to see the way the mainstream media ruthlessly polices the narrative du jour:
A Washington Post journalist has been suspended by the newspaper after she tweeted a link on Sunday to a years-old story about the Kobe Bryant rape case just hours after the basketball legend and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash.
Felicia Sonmez, who covers national politics for the Post, took to Twitter shortly after the world learned of Bryant’s death along with eight others aboard his private helicopter which crashed outside of Los Angeles.
She posted a link to an April 2016 story from the news site The Daily Beast which carried the headline: ‘Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession.’
Tracy Grant, managing editor of The Washington Post, told DailyMail.com on Sunday: ‘National political reporter Felicia Sonmez was placed on administrative leave while The Post reviews whether tweets about the death of Kobe Bryant violated The Post newsroom’s social media policy.
“The tweets displayed poor judgment that undermined the work of her colleagues.”
That quote is an interesting confession. What, exactly, is “the work of her colleagues” that is “undermined” by a simple link to a four-year-old news article? In context, that “work” would appear to be whitewashing Kobe Bryant’s sordid historical behavior in order to establish a narrative that portrays him as a much-loved black celebrity whose untimely death will be mourned by Americans of all colors.