On Wednesday, a New York Times staffer tweeted “Fuck you Jeb Bush” and deleted the tweet shortly after Bush discussed an anti-poverty plan.

Bush reduced poverty to a family issue, saying that in order to combat it, those families need to be stronger. The staffer, Philip B. Richardson, tweeted “Fuck you Jb Bush for telling poor people they need stronger families to not be poor. Poverty weakens families.”

The tweet was captured by an editor from a conservative news site.


The NYT released a statement noting that Richardson is not a reporter or editor whose opinion does not reflect that of the publication. The statement said that managers will take the appropriate action.

Unfortunately, Richardson will likely get fired or disciplined. But, he’s right about Bush.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced