Politico, a Virginia-based newspaper that covers politics at the national level, says it is “the essential print and online destination for coverage and analysis of Congress, the White House, politics and lobbying.” But a review of the Twitter activity of Joe Williams, the outlet’s White House correspondent, reveals a Democratic partisan obsessed with race and harboring the strong biases usually associated with columnists and bloggers.
White House correspondents cover the president and his officials, and are expected to press administration officials at all levels without compromising their objectivity. But on Twitter, Williams revealed his own riveting point of view by attacking Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly as a racist, slamming Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a wealthy and uncaring elitist, and alleging that Republicans in general dislike blacks.
Sometime after 2:00 a.m. on June 22 — less than 12 hours after Politico suspended him — Williams closed his Twitter feed to the public, turning it into a private message board for 847 people who follow him there. His current tweeting is hidden from public view, but The Daily Caller has obtained a complete transcript of his Twitter activity during the 160 days leading up to his suspension. (RELATED: Suspended reporter tweeted: Racism ‘secret sauce in the Politico shitburger’)
Politico suspended Williams shortly after he said on MSNBC that Romney appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” show because he was “more comfortable with … white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.”
Pot shots at prominent conservatives
At the height of the national controversy over the Trayvon Martin shooting, self-described “Dog Lovers for Obama” activist Donna West tweeted an observation on March 26 that Fox’s Bill O’Reilly had “join[ed] Geraldo Rivera to support a no-hoodie dress code” on his show’s set. “[U]nless hoodie is white, pointy, & has eye holes,” Williams responded.
Weeks earlier, on March 8, Williams ridiculed the media organization left behind by the late conservative firebrand Andrew Breitbart. Replying to frequent CNN and MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor, who asked, “Where is Archie Bunker when you need him? #meathead,” he responded: “[H]e works for Breitbart Media.”
Breitbart died one week earlier. Archie Bunker was the irascible and bigoted leading character on the 1970s sitcom “All in the Family.”
Williams agreed on May 21 with a Think Progress Economy tweet that called conservative documentary filmmaker “James O’Keefe’s Latest Video A Fraud,” tweeting “Also: Pope wears unusual headgear, bear defecates in forest.” Think Progress later deleted its tweet, but Williams kept his.
And when right-wing rocker Ted Nugent said publicly on April 17 that “If Obama is re-elected, I will either be dead or in jail,” comedienne Elayne Boosler tweeted that his comment was “[A]nother reason to vote.”
“[A]nd I vote for Option #1,” Williams responded.