The Washington Post Can’t Seem to Decide Why It Suspended Felicia Sonmez

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The Washington Post suspended national political reporter Felicia Sonmez yesterday for… well, it isn’t entirely clear what the reason was.

On Sunday, Sonmez tweeted out a link to a 2016 Daily Beast article that gives a detailed account of the time Kobe Bryant, who died that morning in a helicopter crash, was credibly accused of raping a 19-year-old in a Colorado hotel. Sonmez was one of many people — journalists included — who shared the piece on social media, though the level of vitriol she received was particularly intense as she was pilloried for being insensitive in light of Bryant’s death.

“Well, THAT was eye-opening,” Sonmez wrote in a now-deleted string of tweets after her
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