On Wednesday, Politico announced that reporter Julia Ioffe was fired after an obscene tweet implying that President-elect Donald Trump is having sex with his daughter Ivanka. The tweet was in response to news that the younger Trump would occupy White House space traditionally reserved for the First Lady, since Melania will be staying in New York with the couple’s youngest son for a while. The Trump team denied the report, but that didn’t stop Ioffe from tweeting this (Warning: Graphic language):
The tweet appears to have been deleted, but not before it was captured for posterity.
A post at Forward.com said:
Politico announced her firing, saying “incidents like this tarnish POLITICO and the great work being done across the company.”
Ioffe reacted to her firing on Twitter, saying “I guess my phrasing should have been more delicate.”
Last month Ioffe was named as one of the Forward 50 list of influential Jews in 2016.
Earlier this year, Ioffe clashed with Trump after publishing a revealing profile of Melania Trump for GQ magazine. Critics flooded her with calls playing Adolf Hitler’s speeches, photoshopped images showing her in death camp uniform, and called her a “filthy Russian kike.”
Last week, The Atlantic announced Ioffe would join the magazine next year as a national security, foreign policy and politics reporter. The magazine has not commented on Ioffe’s tweet.
But others did:
Oh my God, Julia. Really? https://t.co/c16hzrl1R1
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) December 14, 2016
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) December 14, 2016
Professional Journalist. https://t.co/x32Pb3Pgrx
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) December 14, 2016
Or as we now call them, operatives of the Democrat-media complex.
Since Iofee’s dropping of the F-bomb in her original tweet made it pretty clear she was doing more than hinting at a purely metaphorical “incestuous” White House arrangement, it’s OK to stop pretending it was anything but the cheapest of cheap shots. Was her tweet truly an expression of concern over a conflict of interest? No. It was not.
Incidents like this, by the way, are the reason so many no longer trust the so-called “mainstream media.”
Kudos to Politico for firing this hack. In our view, there’s quite a few others who need to join her in the unemployment line.
This tweet is "an obvious violation of POLITICO standards. Julia Ioffe is no longer with the publication.”https://t.co/rWWKBoWNvR
— Alex Pfeiffer (@PfeifferDC) December 14, 2016
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