Joe Williams—the senior White House reporter who was suspended from and later left Politico—is having a rough couple of weeks.
Mr. Williams, a former D.C. deputy bureau chief for The Boston Globe, had his impartiality called into question when, during an appearance on MSNBC, he said that Governor Mitt Romney appeared on Fox and Friends so often because he was most comfortable around other white people. (Apparently, being cognizant of race now constitutes a liberal bias.) The Washington Free Beacon flagged the video, and soon Breitbart.com and The Daily Caller unleashed their liberal media bias-sniffing hounds, scouring Mr. Williams’s Twitter and uncovering one retweet of a lewd joke about Ann Romney and the following critique of Politico: “what’s most irritating is the overlay of blatant racism. that’s the secret sauce in the Politico shitburger.”
Still, Mr. Williams seemed to part ways with Politico on good terms. “Joe is an experienced and respected journalist, with keen insights into politics,” founder John Harris told Politico’s Dylan Byers. “After nearly 30 years in the business, he has the authority and is ready to give voice to his insights and conclusions in a new setting.”
Today, things took a turn for the worse. FishbowlDC reported that on May 24 Mr. Williams pled guilty to second degree assault of his ex-wife, author Amy Alexander, and his on probation until November 24. She told Fishbowl: “I can’t comment on a legal case but will say that I sincerely hope that Joe Williams finds his professional footing and that he also begins to take seriously his responsibilities as the father of our two children.”
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