Misconduct including

So that went well.

Felicia Sonmez, a reporter for The Washington Post who in recent days has been at the center of a debate over the organization’s social media policies and the culture of the newsroom, was fired on Thursday…

In an emailed termination letter, which was viewed by The New York Times, Ms. Sonmez was told that The Post was ending her employment, effective immediately, “for misconduct that includes insubordination, maligning your co-workers online, and violating The Post’s standards on workplace collegiality and inclusivity.”

I added that comma after “your co-workers online” – the Oxford comma, the one the NYT style guide forbids. That comma is often needed, and that sentence is one such place. It’s three items, not two, and you need the comma to make that unambiguous. I hate style guides and I hate “rules” that ignore style and readers.

Back to the excellent gossip.

The email also said Ms. Sonmez’s “public attempts to question the motives of your co-journalists” undermined The Post’s reputation

Yes it’s not actually the best idea ever to attack people you work with on Twitter. Who knew?

“We cannot allow you to continue to work as a journalist representing The Washington Post,” the letter said.

Plus, we don’t want to.

Her name is actually Felicia. The “Bye Felicias” are going to inundate us.

In the past week, she has been at the center of a public firestorm over the newsroom’s culture.

Dave Weigel etc etc.

In the following days, Ms. Sonmez wrote a series of posts on Twitter about the newsroom culture at The Post and what she said was the uneven way its social media policy was applied to different reporters. At times she jousted with fellow journalists at The Post on Twitter.

I can see wanting to do that. Boy can I see it. But actually doing it? Well, you’d better be prepared to lose that job.

Sally Buzbee, the executive editor of The Post, subsequently wrote two memos to the newsroom asking for colleagues not to attack each other on social media.

Do it behind the scenes, peeps, not on Twitter where everybody can see you and laugh.

But Bye Felicia didn’t listen so Bye Felicia is out.

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