In the News: Washington Post Editor Takes a Swing at Colleague

By: Tiffani Haynes

The Washington Post newsroom got a little rowdy on Friday when two colleagues’ disagreement turned physical. Veteran Features editor Henry Allen punched Features writer Manuel Roig-Franzia after he was displeased with an assignment Roig-Franzia turned in.

When Roig-Franzia and Monica Hesse were assigned to compile a list of congressmen who were being investigated for ethic violations, they submitted a charticle to Allen. He was immediately displeased and issued the two a verbal lashing that brought Hesse to tears.

Roig-Franzia, knowing Allen was upset, walked past him and told him to stop being such a “cocksucker.” To Allen, those were fighting words. After that, seventy-year-old Allen reached across his desk and clocked the rookie. This all occurred in front of the Post’s executive editor, Marcus Brauchli, who immediately tried to separate the two.

According to Allen, the charticle was a complete disaster and he pointed out several mistakes he’d found.

“This is the second worst story I have seen in Style in 43 years,” he said.

Soon after, Allen was called into Brauchli’s office. It has yet to be released what or if they two will face consequences.


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