Washington Post scribe fired over blog

Another case of a blogger being fired over the blog? Perhaps not.

Michael Tunison covered news outside of the D.C. area for the Washington Post until it was discovered that he blogged on the Kissing Suzy Kolber sports/humor website. He wrote under the pseudonym “Christmas Ape” but outed himself in this post, even linking to the Post’s website. He discussed his situation in a subsequent post.

My question is why did he link to the Post’s website? He was blogging anonymously, his place of employment was either unaware or didn’t care, he had it made and then he completely outed himself while linking to said employer. Everyone who read it then understood that he was a Washington Post reporter who seemed to dislike his job.

Tunison didn’t lose his job because of his “language” on another website; he lost it because he revealed himself as a seemingly discontent representative of a newspaper. No one forced him to give up his identity – even if, he could have simply revealed his name and what he did for a living, sans employer name. Other bloggers have been fired for much less, even while still blogging anonymously.

Do you think that the Post was well within its rights to terminate his employment? Do you think that stating otherwise may discredit bloggers whose terminations were wrongful? Do you think that employers’ jurisdictions extend to your blog or only in circumstances when you mention your employer?



3 Responses to “Washington Post scribe fired over blog”

  1. you know, i “sorta” lost a job because of my blog. i didn’t link to my company but did mention a co-worker that annoyed me. i guess someone did a search and came across it as it was a non-paid blog like blogger.com. they didn’t fire me, but had a “talk” with me about it and it triggered me to tell them to go to hell and the rest is history. now i have my own company and am much happier. sure, saying things could harm my own business, but i try to be slightly cautious. i don’t think that companies should be able to fire us for the way we feel or think. if that were the case, they would have let me go for my own political beliefs not being in line with the company’s.

  2. What I find odd is that the most prominent cases of people being fired for blogging involve prominent media outlets. You would think in the age of Web 2.0 that publications would be more open to their employees blogging. Yet you never hear about someone getting fired from, say, Walmart for things posted on a blog. At least not as often.

  3. have you seen this blog? about a disney worker? wonder what would happen if the person was discovered by disney?


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