Joseph Williams, Politico's White House Correspondent who was suspended last week after launching a racial attack against Mitt Romney on MSNBC and a series of unprofessional tweets, is leaving the left-wing publication permanently.
Early this morning, Politico Editor-In-Chief John Harris issued the following statement:
After some cordial discussions, Joe Williams and I mutually decided that the best step for him is to begin a transition to the next phase of his career. Joe is an experienced and respected journalist, with keen insights into politics. After nearly 30 years in the business, he has the authority and is ready to give voice to his insights and conclusions in a new setting.
He’ll be on leave of absence during this transition, and he’s got my gratitude for the contributions he made here, both as reporter and editor. I have told Joe—and it’s a sentiment others who worked closely with him here share—that he’ll have my support as he prepares for what I expect will be a good and prominent next chapter in his career.
Mr. Williams issued a statement, as well:
While I'm disappointed at the circumstances of my departure, I'm grateful to John Harris for giving me an opportunity to work with him at Politico.
Undoubtedly, I'm the last person Mr. Williams would want career advice from today, but here goes... Williams is intelligent, knowledgeable, and probably has all kinds of valuable contacts and sources that he's groomed over the decades.
He should take everything he has to offer -- which is considerable -- and find employment at an openly left-wing news outlet, where he can ply his trade and use his talents out in the open.
If you look at what's happened to Williams over the past 10 days, the only reason he got himself into trouble was due to the fact that he pretends to be an objective reporter. What he said on MSNBC is said by openly leftist reporters every hour. What he tweeted is tweeted by openly left-wing reporters every second of every day.
What brought Williams down was his laughable disguise, his absurd pose, his ridiculous shield of "objectivity." No one would've even cared about the "dick" tweet had he been employed at the Huffington Post, Media Matters, or Talking Points Memo.
Instead, Williams chose to work at a left-wing news outlet that also poses as objective so he could use that objectivity as a weapon against his political enemies on the Right -- and this time that weapon backfired.
Nothing would make me happier than to see Mr. Williams gainfuly employed in the appropriate position that perfectly suits his impressive resume and his obvious desire to defeat the Right.
Just put on the uniform like we do. That's all we ask.
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