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Washington Post Reiterates “Political Activism” Policies in Memo to Employees

The Daily Beast’s Max Tani was the first to report on the memo’s contents.



The Washington Post sent a memo to its newsroom employees, which Daily Beast reporter Max Tani shared on Twitter. The note from the newspaper is to remind the newsroom employees of its policy regarding employees participating in public political activism.

For newsroom employees, The Post’s policy allows them to attend celebrations and parades that promote “expressions of personal identity.” Employees can participate in events such as “Pride or Juneteenth celebrations, July 4th parades, heritage festivals, and other such non-political gatherings.”

However, context matters for The Post, as employees can partake in festivities “at BLM plaza but not a protest there or attend a Pride gathering but not a demonstration at the Supreme Court.”

“We should do everything possible to avoid partisanship or advocacy for specific policies or special interests, or the appearance of such activity,” the memo said.

Also, employees are discouraged from wearing a shirt that expresses public advocacy. Nonetheless, once this memo became public, it became a hot topic of discussion with various journalists on Twitter.

Wesley Lowery, a journalist at CBS News and formerly of The Post, is one of the more prominent media members to provide their thoughts in a thread on Twitter.

“I ask this with all sincerity: can someone explain to me the difference between a “celebration” at Black Lives Matter Plaza and a “protest” there?” Lowery tweeted. “How does an attendee ensure one does not become the other? Is the location itself not, definitionally, “political”?”

“Citing a “Pride” parade as an example of a non-political event seems an ahistorical stance for a newspaper to take. Would it be ok to wear a shirt declaring that the 600k residents of DC deserve full enfranchisement if the shirt stops short of specifically advocating statehood?”

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Trump-related Accounts Suspended by Twitter

Accounts tied to the launch of the former president’s blog popped up earlier this week



In January, following the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Twitter permanently suspended the account of former President Donald Trump.

However, there are motions to get the ex-commander-in-chief back on social media. Recently, Facebook and Instagram upheld their decision to ban Trump from its platforms.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, Salon reports that the social media outlet recently suspended four high-profile Trump account duplicates after their creation, including @DJTrumpDesk, @DeskofDJT, and @DeskofTrump1 and @DJTDesk, which had accumulated several thousand followers before going dark.

“As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

On the Trump side of this controversy, the former president had a spokesperson, Jason Miller, state to NBC News that no one affiliated with him is responsible for creating these Twitter accounts.

Recently, Trump announced a new platform, called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” allowing him to post comments, images, and videos on his website. This blog also permits people to share that content themselves on social media.

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Washington Post Nears Hire of New Executive Editor

Insiders favor current national editor for the spot



The Washington Post is in the latter stages of filling its top editor position. Long-time
executive editor Marty Baron retired from this role in February after spending over eight
years with the newspaper.

According to The Daily Beast, The Post has narrowed its search to a few names to
replace the retiring Baron. The first name is an internal candidate in national editor
Steve Ginsberg.

“Ginsberg is broadly well-liked in the Washington Post newsroom, insiders said, at a
time when there has been increasingly public tensions between many staffers and the
paper’s management,” The Daily Beast wrote.

“But he is not seen as a major player in the broader media business, and selecting
Ginsberg, who is white, would buck the trend of powerful news outlets like CBS News,
ABC News, MSNBC, and the Los Angeles Times making diverse hires for their top

When it comes to external candidates, The New York Times assistant managing editor
Marc Lacey has the most substantial chance of landing the position. Lacey, a prominent
Black journalist, is held in very high esteem at the Times and was part of two Pulitzer
Prize-winning teams.

Selecting Lacey would be a splashy and diverse hire for the newspaper should they go
that route. Other names in contention for the position are interim editor Cameron Barr,
National Geographic editor Susan Goldberg, and New York Times deputy managing
editor Carolyn Ryan.

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Talcott Shifts to WH Beat for Daily Caller

Talcott moves from serving as a field reporter.



The Daily Caller has a new correspondent covering the White House as Shelby Talcott announced on Twitter that she’s the media outlets Senior White House Correspondent. The current Senior Media Reporter and Field Correspondent will begin her new position next week.

“Personal News. Super excited to announce that I’ll be starting as the @DailyCaller’s Senior White House Correspondent on Monday! Really looking forward to this new opportunity!” Talcott tweeted.

Geoff Ingersoll, The Daily Caller’s editor-in-chief, took to Twitter as well to congratulate Talcott on her new position within the media outlet.

So excited for Shelby and the brand, couldn’t think of anyone better to fill these shoes in Datoc’s absence. Now … let’s get to work,” Ingersoll tweeted.

As The Daily Caller’s Field Correspondent, Talcott had the unfortunate event of being arrested along with her colleague Jorge Ventura last September while covering the Louisville protest in the aftermath of a grand jury verdict in the Breonna Taylor case.

Despite revealing themselves as journalists, both were held in a detention center for 16 hours, with Talcott being charged with failure to disperse and unlawful assembly.

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