Washington Post Reprimands Business Editor Over Tweet Criticizing SF Gate Column About Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

A view of the lobby of The Washington Post Company headquarters in Washington, March 30, 2012. (© Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)

Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee told employees that a top editor has been reprimanded over a tweet in which she criticized an SF Gate column that condemned football player Ben Roethlisberger, according to a company spokeswoman.

Lori Montgomery, who is the Post’s business editor, tweeted last week that the column, which referenced allegations that Mr. Roethlisberger had raped women and exhibited bad behavior, was “easily disproven” and “completely FoS.”

Ms. Montgomery’s initial tweet drew public criticism from some Washington Post employees. She later tweeted that she regretted her initial post and said she didn’t intend to question the validity of accusations against Mr. Roethlisberger. Mr. Roethlisberger has denied allegations of sexual assault.

Ms. Montgomery was given a verbal warning this past weekend, the Post spokeswoman said. The Post is planning to revise its social-media policy as soon as it fills a vacant standards-editor position, she said. Ms. Buzbee’s remarks about reprimanding Ms. Montgomery came during calls this week with groups of Post employees, people familiar with the discussions said.

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SOURCE: The U.S. Sun, Benjamin Mullin and Alexandra Bruell