Politico Reporter Suspended For Comments Made on MSNBC

By Alex Weprin 

The “off the cuff” nature of most cable news programs can make for entertaining television, but if you are a reporter, it can cause some serious headaches. Take the example of Politico’s Joe Williams, who was on MSNBC this week, and suggested that likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was only comfortable around white people.


Politico’s Dylan Byers reports that Politico has suspended Williams for those comments.


“Regrettably, an unacceptable number of Joe Williams’s public statements on cable and Twitter have called into question his commitment to this responsibility,” POLITICO’s founding editors John Harris and Jim VandeHei wrote in a memo to the staff. “His comment about Governor Romney earlier today on MSNBC fell short of our standards for fairness and judgment in an especially unfortunate way.”

> Update: FishbowlDC reports Williams and Politico may be parting ways.