Good thing he’s got the protective coating of melanin or he’d like be unemployed today. Black privilege matters.
For the second time in three weeks, the New York Times has had to reprimand a member of its editorial staff for posting inappropriate comments on social media.
In the latest episode, Philip Richardson, a news assistant on the photo desk, let loose an F-Bomb tirade directed at Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush after the former Florida governor answered a question on how his tax programs might effect the “culture of poverty.”
Politico, which first reported on the inappropriate tweet, said it was prompted by Bush’s rather long winded answer.
Richardson’s tweet: “F— you Jeb Bush for telling poor people they need stronger families to not be poor. Poverty weakens families.”
Bush spokesman Tim Miller quickly replied on Twitter — “NY Times reporter drops an FU Jeb” — although he mis-identified Richardson as a reporter.
That meant little to the Times, which for the second time in three weeks found itself having to admonish an employee over mis-use of social media.
“This tweet was completely inappropriate,” said a Times spokeswoman. “Philip Richardson is a news assistant on The Times’s clerical staff, assigned to the photo desk. He is not a reporter or editor and is not involved in political coverage. Nevertheless, tweets like this are inappropriate for any Times newsroom staffer, and managers will take the necessary steps to deal with the situation.”
If they had a shred of credibility and dignity this jerk would be collecting unemployment today, but they’re probably living in such fear of the social justice mob that firing the black guy is the last thing they want to do.
In true cowardly fashion, this loser deleted his tweet, then hung up on a reporter seeking comment.
When we called Richardson to see if he was going to issue a formal apology to Bush, he promptly hung up the phone without so much as a “goodbye.”
But he did take the time to delete his offensive tweet, according to Politico.
By the way, there’s likely another reason why he’s untouchable:
— Philip B. Richardson (@philipbrich) October 12, 2015