Barry camp states opposition to practing what he preaches

In a very funny followup to the whole silly Barry-Page kerfuffle, local Mike Licht has gotten told to buzz off and quit emailing… Barry’s communications director Andre Johnson of ProImage Communications.

My favorite part of the exchange is when Johnson tells Licht “I have never heard of you and truly don’t understand why I am getting emails from you.” I guess being someone’s employed communications director and receiving an email asking a question about Barry – complete with signature line clearly identifying himself as being from – was a little confusing for him.

I think Gene Weingarten has made the best statement on the matter in his chat yesterday where he said

The controlling fact, for me, would have been this: The only reason this became public is that Marion Barry chose to make it public. And he chose to make it public in a quite hilarious way: Marion Barry, suspected and convicted scuzzball, tax evader, former crack user, erstwhile obtainer of oral sex in a crowded prison reception room, calls the elegant, sophisticated Tim Page, and I quote, a “lowlife.”

3 Comments so far

  1. KCinDC (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

    Good for Weingarten. Let’s hope he doesn’t get suspended as well, since the Post seems to have completely lost its spine on this.

  2. Tiff (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    I’m not sure how it’s possible that the Washington Post sees nothing at all wrong with suspending a writer for *insulting a political figure.*

    Total lack of spine, indeed.

  3. Don (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    Eh. I think some reaction is appropriate given that this was a message sent from his work address. Weingarten as primarily an opinion writer has a pretty strong position for making personal observations and stating his beliefs from the podium of his column or in his chats. Page sent a somewhat private nastygram using his organization’s resources.

    That said, Barry’s statements that Page should be dismissed were just idiotic in how over-reaching they were. I also don’t think you could reasonably say that the Post would have been under-reacting if all they’d done was make a public statement that Page didn’t speak for the paper in that statement and that he and all staff were reminded about the corporation’s policies about use of organizational resources.

    I think suspension is a little overkill but it doesn’t completely offend my sensibilities.

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