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BY Nancy Scola | Friday, June 26 2009

So, the Washington Post apparently brought to the attention of DC Mayor Adrian Fenty's office a stream of impolitic Twitter postings made by a District government summer employee in which the contractor called "ghetto" the Anacostia area he was serving as part of the Summer Youth Employment Program. The staffer was subsequently fired. There's a lesson in there about the changing expectations of employee behavior in the context of our new transparent and participatory age. But the gem of the piece has to instead be the judgment rendered by former DC mayor and current Ward 8 councilmember Marion Barry, who represents Anacostia:

You can excuse one [tweet], but he has a series of them. It's excessive.

Government has to have standards.