Journalist Ben Montgomery was fired from Axios after sending an email to DeSantis’ office

An Axios reporter was suspended this week after calling a government news release that showed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis “propaganda.”

Journalist Ben Montgomery was fired from the news outlet after an employee of the state Department of Education Tweet a screenshot From him he told the department’s press office via email, “This is propaganda, not a press release” in response to a statement that highlighted the GOP governor’s hosting of a roundtable on “exposing diversity in equality and the deception of inclusion in higher education.”

Axios Editor-in-Chief Sarah Kohulani She confirmed to Fox News that Montgomery “is no longer with Axios” but does not reveal why.

She said, “Out of respect for our employees, we are not discussing the terms of departure.”

Montgomery For The Washington Post He got a call from Jimmy Stockwell, executive editor of Axios Local, Monday night with his boss asking if he sent the email.

He then told the reporter that his “reputation in the Tampa Bay area” had been “stained beyond repair,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery, based in Tampa, laughed at the situation while not denying it when he told a Vanity Fair reporter Charlotte Klein tweeted Tuesday He was evicted by e-mail.

Some personal news: I made crepes this morning for the first time in years. He tweeted in response to Klein’s news tweet. “Strawberry compote and whipped cream. It was delicious.”

fl.  Governor Ron DeSantis
The reporter was fired after he criticized a press release regarding Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Montgomery told Fox News that the press release, which was paid for by DeSantis’ office, “wasted my time” and insisted his response was not due to partisan politics, but because the release lacked context.

Plus, he told the outlet that he doesn’t regret sending the email because his teenage daughters told him they were proud of him.

“That’s all that really matters,” he said.

He conceded though he wished he had explained his problem with the press release better.

He reportedly said, “I’m sorry for being so short.” “In the Axios style, I used clever brevity and it cost me.”

Axios promotes itself in print as “a clever brevity worthy of people’s time, attention, and trust.”

Part of Axios’ editorial ethics policy mandates that all employees “maintain professionalism with all sources” and “be respectful and civil toward all persons with whom we come into contact,” according to Fox News.

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