Over the weekend Politico colleagues Jay Westcott, a staff photographer, and Madeline Marshall, a web producer, revealed their breakup in the most public of ways: Facebook. The couple, who became engaged in June, called it quits over the weekend. Westcott, in particular, took to Facebook to reveal how upset he was and friends reached out to him in sympathy. It was the kind of thing that made you wince reading it.
Since Sunday, however, Westcott has stripped his Facebook account of all mentions of the split. It’s unclear whether he was ordered to do this by Politico management, or whether he chose to return the contents of his private life to some semblance of privacy all on his own.
We reached out to Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Westcott for comment. Harris said he preferred not to weigh in on the personal matters of employees. We have learned, however, that behind the scenes Politico did not instruct Westcott to alter his Facebook page.