Jun 11

Episode 118: Every Podcaster is Bi. You Just Have To Figure Out If It's Polar Or Sexual

On the Felicia Sonmez odyssey

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.

After Jesse issues a very deep and personal apology about an egregious error, the hosts discuss the endlessly swirling media shitstorm surrounding Felicia Sonmez. To discuss this episode with other premium subscribers, click here.

Show notes/Links:

JournoList: https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2010/06/the-washington-posts-dave-weigel-resigns-following-strange-semi-scandal

Emily Yoffe on Jonathan Kaiman: https://reason.com/2019/08/23/im-radioactive/

Anna Merlan on Emily Yoffe on Jonathan Kaiman: https://jezebel.com/emily-yoffe-is-back-on-her-bullshit-heres-what-an-alleg-1837679900

Felicia Sonmez on Emily Yoffe on Jonathan Kaiman:

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Felicia Sonmez @feliciasonmez
My response to @EmilyYoffe's @reason piece on Jonathan Kaiman is here: bit.ly/2Hn1Rv9 I've written to @kmanguward and other editors requesting that they correct the piece. In her 8,000-word story, there was a lot Ms. Yoffe got wrong, so please forgive the length. (1/2)
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Anna Merlan: “'Is the UVA Rape Story a Gigantic Hoax?' Asks Idiot”: https://jezebel.com/is-the-uva-rape-story-a-gigantic-hoax-asks-idiot-1665233387

Kobe Bryant thing: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomspiggle/2020/02/04/what-felicia-sonmezs-recent-tweets-about-kobe-bryant-tell-us-about-the-free-speech-rights-of-employees/?sh=270e72ca73af

Letter of support signed by Weigel and many others: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ErQ7bN352jQZ0Ka8kCzAW8CWr2zEnUIvms5BG2Kdt1E/edit

Sonmez statement:

Policy reversal: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/washington-post-reverses-prohibition-on-reporter-from-writing-about-sexual-assault/2021/03/29/c0ee3be0-90c5-11eb-9668-89be11273c09_story.html

Lawsuit: https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/22/media/washington-post-lawsuit-felicia-sonmez/index.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/11/inside-felicia-sonmezs-war-against-the-washington-post.html

Result: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/21523815-sonmezvwprlg032522

https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/25/media/washington-post-felicia-sonmez-suit-dismissed/index.html

Initial Sonmez complaint about Weigel:

Jose A. Del Rel criticizes her approach:

Weigel apologizes:

Breanna Muir inserts herself:

He already apologized:

Coverage of firing: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/09/felicia-sonmez-fired-by-the-washington-post-00038622

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/09/business/media/felicia-sonmez-washington-post.html

“And then you have Felicia, who is essentially pouring gasoline on every fire and inviting people to watch.”: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/06/inside-the-washington-posts-social-media-meltdown

Image source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/how-the-new-washington-post-building-ushers-in-a-new-era-of-journalism/2015/12/10/656c248a-9ea9-11e5-9ad2-568d814bbf3b_video.html