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Politico Suspends Reporter Joe Williams For Mitt Romney Comments (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 24, 2012

Joe Williams

Politico has suspended reporter Joe Williams following incendiary remarks he made about Mitt Romney on Thursday. He later said that he was “done” working for the organization.

Williams, Politico’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.

Williams’ pointed remarks about the candidate on Twitter played a part in his suspension, as well. He made jokes about the infamous Seamus the dog story andAnn Romney’s “unzip him” remark. In one tweet, he wrote, “Jeeves knows my tastes” in response to Romney saying that there is nothing surprising he has had the occasion to eat.

Conservative websites flagged the MSNBC segment Thursday afternoon, andhighlighted Williams’ tweets shortly thereafter. Read the rest of this entry »

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