Kevin Williamson Firing Shows the ‘Nonpartisan’ Media’s True ColorsPosted: April 9, 2018
Williamson came to The Atlantic from the conservative National Review, and his hiring sparked an uproar on the left. After combing through over a decade of his writings, detractors found a tweet where he called for death, by hanging, for abortion. When Goldberg learned Williamson also had referenced the tweet on a podcast, he gave in.
Surely Williamson’s quip was mere hyperbole, meant to provoke. After all, he never wrote an actual column making that argument, despite having written extensively, including about abortion. And his first tweet simply argued that “the law should treat abortion like any other homicide.”
Only when he was asked what kind of punishment he had in mind did he tweet back: “hanging.” He was “absolutely willing to see abortion treated like regular homicide under the criminal code.”
You don’t have to agree with that; I don’t. But Williamson’s position (not all pro-lifers’) is that abortion is murder (literally, the killing of a baby), that it should be made illegal and carry a punishment equal to that of similar crimes.
Is this more radical than Ruth Marcus’ view in The Washington Post? “I’m going to be blunt here: That was not the child I wanted,” she wrote about how she would have aborted her child if the baby was found to have had Down Syndrome. Her view is disgusting to conservatives, yet there was no move to get her fired.
In truth, Williamson’s comments are besides the point. In the last few months, conservatives have watched The New York Times get pilloried for hiring two fairly moderate columnists, Bari Weiss and Bret Stephens. There was also an uproar over the brilliant libertarian opinion writer Meghan McArdle being hired at The Washington Post.
No, the message couldn’t be clearer: Conservatives are unwelcome in the mainstream media … (read more)