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:
— Victor Paul Alvarez (@vpaulalvarez) January 15, 2015
Ha ha ha.