- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 15, 2016

Politico has severed ties with one of its magazine contributors after she posted an obscene tweet about President-elect Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka.

A now-deleted tweet posted Wednesday afternoon by writer Julia Ioffe read, “Either Trump is f—ing his daughter or he’s shirking nepotism laws. Which is worse?”

Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Editor Carrie Budoff Brown wrote a note to staff Wednesday saying “gratuitous opinion” adds “zero value for our readers and should have zero place in our work.”

“Julia Ioffe’s tweet this afternoon about President-elect Trump — currently and understandably racing across social media — is a clear example of the opposite of what we were talking about,” the note read. “We understand how absolutely infuriating it is to have incidents like this tarnish POLITICO and the great work being done across the company. We feel the same, and as such there will be little tolerance for this type of behavior.”

The note said Ms. Ioffe had previously announced that she was leaving Politico to work for The Atlantic, so Politico decided to accelerate the close of her contract in light of the controversy.

Emily Lenzner, a rep for The Atlantic, issued a statement that read, “Julia Ioffe made a mistake today on Twitter, which she regrets and for which she has publicly apologized. We’re confident that when she joins The Atlantic next month she will adhere to our standards.”

Ms. Ioffe eventually deleted the offending tweets and issued an apology of sorts, writing, “We have a president-elect who popularized ‘saying what everyone is thinking,’ but I guess my phrasing should’ve been more delicate.”

“In Russia, the Kremlin rarely has to make the call to media organizations. The media bosses anticipate and do the censoring themselves,” she wrote.

“All that said, I do regret my phrasing and apologize for it. It was a crass joke that I genuinely regret,” she added. “It was a tasteless, offensive tweet that I regret and have deleted. I am truly and deeply sorry. It won’t happen again.”

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