Douchebag Boston.com Editor Fired Over Boehner Death Threat Article

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Amazing. Stupidity in journalism actually has consequences. Imagine that.

A Boston.com associate editor who wrote an article making fun of death threats against House Speaker John Boehner has been fired.

Reached by phone today, Victor Paul Alvarez told the Herald, “Why not comment on the truth? Yes, I have been fired. That’s my comment.”

Alvarez, who posted a photo of the underside of a bus on Twitter earlier today, declined further comment.

His article, which was posted prominently on the website’s homepage “Top News” section for about 12 hours, was headlined: “Would Anyone Have Noticed if Bartender Succeeded in Poisoning John Boehner?”

“The question is: Would anyone have noticed? Stories about Boehner’s drinking have circulated for years. His drinking inspired a blog called DrunkBoehner, and in 2010 he brought booze back to Washington,” the article read. “Had he been poisoned as planned, perhaps his pickled liver could have filtered out the toxins.”

The cutline on the Associated Press photo attached to the boston.com article read: “House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, has been known to get hammered from time to time.”

The Republican House speaker decried the article yesterday morning.

In an email to the Herald, Boehner’s press secretary Michael Steel said: “It should be obvious to any sentient human being that an item mocking threats against the Speaker and his family is completely insensitive and inappropriate.”

Amid the flap, Corey Gottlieb, Boston.com general manager, issued the following statement yesterday: “Last night, an opinion piece was published on Boston.com that has since been adjusted to what is currently on the site. The original column made references to Speaker Boehner that were off-color and completely inappropriate. It reflected the opinions of one of our writers; what it did not reflect, by any standards, were the site’s collective values. Rather than remove any reference to it or pretend it didn’t happen, we are handling with transparency and self-awareness. We are sorry, and we will do better.”

They’re sorry, alright. Here’s the loser’s only tweet since his dismissal:


Ha ha ha.

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14 Responses to “Douchebag Boston.com Editor Fired Over Boehner Death Threat Article”

  1. Darwin Akbar on 15/15/15 at 8:25 pm

    He is certainly qualified to work at Media Matters. If not, perhaps Chris Matthews needs a new joke writer.

  2. Crabtree on 16/16/15 at 9:22 am

    No you weren’t “thrown under the bus.” That phrase implies either a disproportionate response to a minor offense or a sacrifice to protect people higher up. That’s not you. You committed a VERY fireable offense and were… get this… fired for it. A better image to post would be someone shooting themselves in the foot.

  3. wodun on 16/16/15 at 9:29 am

    Guy seems remorseful and is accepting of his punishment. Everyone has their biases and isn’t always the nicest to other people.

    Maybe he feels under the bus because he published something inline with what his coworkers were saying around the water cooler. May not be appropriate but at least he didn’t try and claim a false objectivity.

  4. A pot of message on 16/16/15 at 9:47 am

    He went over the line, but he’s not the first to take note of Weepin’ Johnny’s hobby.

  5. Tom Servo on 16/16/15 at 9:50 am

    Remorseful? Of course he’s sorry that he got fired, whoop-tee-doo.

    Of course he published what his co-workers all said around the water cooler, but as venal as they are, at least they had the sense to know it wasn’t publicly acceptable. He didn’t.

    Well, he’ll probably go teach a university course on ethics now.

  6. Ray Van Dune on 16/16/15 at 10:38 am

    Apparently the adult supervision of the DNC interns at Boston.com is so abysmal that they can fill “news” stories with political cheap shots and get away with it, until the Internet corrects it! Do they put weather forecasts in the Opinion section? Hey, come to think of it…

    By the way, even though I don’t care for Boehner’s policies and would love to see him turfed, I will point out that he suffers from a genetic medical condition that gives his skin an orange hue – it is not a fake tan. I wish conservatives at least would not stoop to mocking his skin color and leave such insightful punditry to our betters in the media, who are more practiced at such juvenile things.

  7. Rick on 16/16/15 at 10:53 am

    So, Boehner can betray his own party and gets to keep his job, but some nobody makes fun of him and his pickled liver and THAT guy gets fired. If the public got to vote, the circumstances would be reversed.

  8. Not Beaudreau on 16/16/15 at 10:55 am

    Liberals: Doing every day what they claim conservatives do all the time, but, no, conservatives hardly ever do those things. Which liberals do every day.

  9. BeckoningChasm on 16/16/15 at 10:55 am

    Of course the guy got fired. Had he written this about, say, Ted Cruz or Sarah Palin, he would have been promoted and the Media would have howled about his right to free speech.

    Boehner’s one of Them, now. And they protect their own. Writing a story like this about Boehner is the same as writing one about Obama–it will not be tolerated.

  10. Me Liberal, Me Smart on 16/16/15 at 11:00 am

    Victor Paul Alvarez, once again demonstrating that there is no way to tell the difference between a 15 year old liberal and an adult liberal.

  11. SouthTexas on 16/16/15 at 11:17 am

    Tends to prove the point that Boehner is not on the “right”side eh? Which was quite obvious to most of us.

    I do like his bus reference though.

  12. deepelemblues on 16/16/15 at 1:28 pm

    well at least this guy seems to understand that he needs to roll over and show his belly, he’s beaten himself up on twitter pretty good since last night.

    maybe he still has more than 2 brain cells to rub together. most prog jerks would whine and double down on being an asshole, he isn’t.