Headline RoundupJune 21st, 2024

Robert Winnett Won't Take Over Washington Post Editor Job After Internal Dissent

Summary from the AllSides News Team

British journalist Robert Winnett will no longer take over as top editor of the Washington Post (Lean Left bias) following staff outcry regarding concerns over his journalistic ethics.

For Context: Earlier this month, the Post’s former editor, Sally Buzbee, announced her departure. The sudden nature of her announcement led some to speculate that Buzbee was forced out by the Post’s publisher and CEO, Will Lewis, following weeks of tension. This claim was strengthened soon after by a New York Times (Lean Left bias) report that Lewis had advised Buzbee to not cover a story about a United Kingdom phone hacking scandal that involved Lewis. Lewis denied pressuring Buzbee “in any way.”

Details: Lewis selected Winnett as a replacement. The two previously worked together at U.K. outlets. Soon after this announcement, multiple outlets, including the Post itself, published articles calling into question the journalistic ethics of Winnett. These stories involved phone hacking, fraudulently obtaining records, and paying sources. 

Key Quotes: In a memo sent to Post staffers on Friday, Lewis stated, “It is with regret that I share with you that Robert Winnett has withdrawn from the position of Editor at The Washington Post.” 

How the Media Covered It: While HuffPost (Left bias) characterized the issues at the outlet in terms of the wider economic instability faced by media outlets in the digital age, the New York Post (Lean Right bias) framed the drama as more specifically as the “latest fiasco that has embroiled” the award-winning outlet. 

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