The newspaper that broke Watergate continues to be broken by tweet-gate as a fed-up reporter begged her whistleblower colleague to mute her attacks on bosses and co-workers after they described the newsroom as “collegial.”

“Please stop,” tweeted Washington Post reporter Lisa Rein at fellow staffer Felicia Somnez, who continued her social media onslaught Tuesday despite the suspension of politics writer David Weigel for retweeting a joke she deemed sexist.

Somnez’s tweetstorm came after Sally Buzbee, the Washington Post’s executive editor, circulated a stern memo, a copy of which was obtained by CNN, warning reporters to stop “attacking colleagues either face to face or online.”

Other reporters chimed in to calm the boiling tempers at the Jeff Bezos-owned broadsheet. Their tweets professed to be “proud” to work at the newspaper, but many used similar language when writing about the “collegial” attitude in the newsroom.

Sonmez quickly mocked the idea that her place of work was “collegial.”

Felicia Sonmez, who covers politics for the Washington Post, has continued bashing her colleagues and bosses at the newspaper.
Twitter / @feliciasonmez

She blasted management for not forcing another reporter, Jose Del Real, to delete earlier tweets criticizing her attack on Weigel, who was sidelined for a month without pay on Monday.

“These tweets falsely accusing me of ‘clout chasing,’ ‘bullying,’ ‘cruelty,’ and directing an ‘eager mob’ to carry out ‘a barrage of online abuse’ are still up…even after I repeatedly raised them to management and noted that I’ve been receiving threats and abuse,” Sonmez tweeted.

Sonmez has declined to comment when reached by the New York Post. Rein and the Washington Post have yet to respond to inquiries.

Del Real was the first Washington Post reporter to publicly criticize Sonmez for her reaction to Weigel’s retweet of a joke by YouTube podcast host Cam Harless.

“Every girl is bi. You just have to figure out if it’s polar or sexual,” read the original tweet by Harless.

Buzbee’s memo had pleaded for cooler heads to prevail.

“In this newsroom, we share many important common values. A belief in the power of journalism. Hatred of racist or sexist behavior, language or systems,” Buzbee wrote.

“A conviction when people come together in good faith, with respect and trust, it creates an environment that enables each person to do powerful and important work. We also occasionally disagree: We come from different backgrounds and experiences, and we each see the world differently.”

Lisa Rein, a Washington Post reporter who covers the federal government, pleaded with Sonmez: "Please stop."
Lisa Rein, a Washington Post reporter who covers the federal government, pleaded with Sonmez: “Please stop.”
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Sonmez was angered by Weigel’s retweet, writing: “Fantastic to work at a news outlet where retweets like this are allowed!”

Weigel, 40, responded by deleting the retweet and apologizing.

“I just removed a retweet of an offensive joke. I apologize and did not mean to cause any harm,” he tweeted.

Management appeared to support Sonmez.

Sonmez publicly called out Weigel for a retweet of a joke deemed "sexist."
Sonmez publicly called out Weigel for a retweet of a joke deemed “sexist.”
Twitter / @daveweigel
Weigel retweeted a post by Cam Harless that included a joke deemed to be "sexist."
Weigel retweeted a post by Cam Harless that included a joke deemed to be “sexist.”
Weigel deleted the retweet and apologized. He was suspended for a month without pay.
Weigel deleted the retweet and apologized. He was suspended for a month without pay.

Washington Post COO Kris Coratti Kelly told the New York Post: “Editors have made clear to the staff that the tweet was reprehensible and demeaning language or actions like that will not be tolerated.”

But Del Real, who is a features writer for the newspaper, took issue with Sonmez’s public criticism of Weigel.

Del Real acknowledged that Weigel’s retweet was “terrible and unacceptable,” though he also criticized Sonmez for “rallying the internet to attack him for a mistake he made.”

He said Sonmez’s tactic “doesn’t solve anything.”

Jose Del Real, another Post reporter, slammed Sonmez for publicly calling out Weigel.
Twitter / @jdelreal

He tweeted: “Felicia, we all mess up from time to time.”

“Engaging in repeated and targeted public harassment of a colleague is neither a good look nor is it particularly effective. It turns the language of inclusivity into clout chasing and bullying. I don’t think this is appropriate…There is such a thing as challenging with compassion.”

Several Washington Post reporters on Tuesday posted tweets professing how "proud" they were to work at the newspaper, whose offices they described as "collegial."
Several Washington Post reporters on Tuesday posted tweets professing how “proud” they were to work at the newspaper, whose offices they described as “collegial.”

Del Real’s tweets enraged Sonmez, who accused him of “respond[ing] with even more vitriol.”

Sonmez then posted another tweet asking if Buzbee and another senior editor at the paper, Matea Gold, agreed with her.

“Objecting to sexism is not ‘clout chasing’,” Sonmez tweeted. “It’s not ‘harassment.’ And it’s certainly not ‘cruelty’.”

Sally Buzbee, the Washington Post executive editor, admonished staffers to "treat each other with kindness and respect."
Sally Buzbee, the Washington Post executive editor, admonished staffers to “treat each other with kindness and respect.”
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The exchange between Sonmez and Del Real prompted Buzbee to circulate a memo to staffers.

“We expect the staff to treat each other with respect and kindness both in the newsroom and online,” Buzbee wrote.

“We are a collegial and creative newsroom doing an astonishing amount of important and groundbreaking journalism. One of the great strengths of our newsroom is our collaborative spirit.”

Buzbee added: “The Washington Post is committed to an inclusive and respectful environment free of harassment, discrimination or bias of any sort.”



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