Politico Reporter Suspended After Acknowledging Race on TV

Politico White House correspondent Joe Williams was suspended over remarks he made on MSNBC last night, according to Politico.

Discussing why Mitt Romney appears so frequently on the Fox News program Fox and Friends—the subject of a New York Times story yesterday—on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, Mr. Williams said that Governor Romney is comfortable with people who are like him.

“They’re like him,” he said. “They’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.”

A former deputy chief of the Boston Globe‘s D.C. bureau, Mr. Williams’s Politico bio states that he is a “telegenic, quick-witted analyst” who examines the “intersection of race and politics.”

The video was first flagged by conservative websites the Washington Free Beacon and the late Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism, which also called attention to liberal leaning jokes Mr. Williams made on Twitter about Governor Romney’s wealth.

“This is our MSM. This is Politico. This is why God created Andrew Breitbart,” wrote Breitbart.com writer John Nolte.

“POLITICO journalists have a clear and inflexible responsibility to cover politics fairly and free of partisan bias,” Politico editors Jim VandeHei and John Harris wrote in a memo to staff last night. “Regrettably, an unacceptable number of Joe Williams’s public statements on cable and Twitter have called into question his commitment to this responsibility.”

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