“If you missed it, the Washington Post recently got embroiled in a self-inflicted s—storm when one of their best reporters David Weigel retweeted, not tweeted, retweeted this joke: ‘Every girl is bi. You just have to figure out if it’s polar or sexual,'” Maher began.
Maher blasted the “unlicensed daycare center that is today’s newsroom” for going “apes—,” pointing to reporter Felicia Sonmez’s tweet publicly shaming Weigel, who had removed the retweeted and apologized.
Fantastic to work at a news outlet where retweets like this are allowed! pic.twitter.com/zs4dX4qprH
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) June 3, 2022
“Of course, the leadership at the Post folded like a Miami condo and suspended Weigel without pay for a month and denounce the offending retweet is a ‘gross violation of their values.’ – free Speech apparently not being one of them,” Maher quipped.
“For days, [Sonmez] raged with the fire of a thousand burning bras, sending a gazillion tweets calling for more to be done against Weigel, mocking her bosses attacking colleagues and letting the world know how much the Washington Post sucked,” Maher continued.
To all the folks out there who are following this story, please don’t be distracted by the (truly staggering) bile and hate and attempts to make this yet another “cancel culture” tale.
It’s about a company where internal pleas for change have gone unheeded for a long, long time.
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) June 7, 2022
Maher spoke to the continued trend of aging leadership holding onto their roles without handing them over to the younger generation. He told viewers the lack of transition was “Because too many millennials are overly sensitive, overly fragile, and have no sense of priorities.”
“I’m sure many boomers would love to retire, but they can’t. They’re like the grandmother who would much rather be watching Judge Judy and has to raise her grandkids because her own kids are too f—ed up to manage it,” Maher continued.
Maher didn’t stop there; he went on to expound on his thoughts about the entitlement and attitudes of the Millennial generation.
“It’s funny; you think my generation is an eye roll? Let me let you in on a little secret about the younger generations; No one wants to hire you. Your sense of entitlement is legendary, and, with notable exceptions, your attention span and worth ethic suck… This Washington Post story had such resonance because it’s behavior we all recognize. There is a war going on within the millennial generation. I know because I’m friends with the good ones. But the crybabies, unfortunately, are still winning.”
“The fact that the Post’s initial response was to punish not Felicia but one of their best reporters for a silly joke shows that the kindergarten is already in charge,” he concluded.