A Washington Post features editor was denied a promotion days after the paper’s internet reporter Taylor Lorenz publicly criticized him on Twitter for a “miscommunication” involving one of her stories, according to a report.
David Malitz, a deputy features editor who oversees coverage of culture, arts, and entertainment, was lined up for a promotion to run the features department, according to The New York Times.
Malitz was initially promised the promotion by Sally Buzbee, the Washington Post’s executive editor.
But Buzbee rescinded the promotion just days after Lorenz, who has frequently been involved in controversy dating back to her stint as a reporter with The New York Times, took to Twitter to complain about Malitz’s edit on one of her stories.
A spokesperson for The Washington Post told the New York Post that Lorenz’s tweet wasn’t intended to be a criticism of Malitz and that there was no linkage between the tweet and the denial of Malitz’s promotion.
“It is absolutely untrue that Taylor’s tweets had anything to do with management decisions,” Washington Post spokesperson Kris Coratti told the New York Post.
When asked why the promotion offer was rescinded, Coratti declined to comment.
The New York Post has reached out to Malitz and Lorenz seeking comment.
The latest brouhaha erupted on June 2, when Lorenz authored a story titled “Who won the Depp-Heard trial? Content creators that went all-in.”