A boy doing experiments in the laboratory. Explosion in the laboratory. (Shutterstock/Kiselev Andrey Valerevich) | Liberals Fuming Over Atlantic's New Hire
7:06 PM 03/30/2018
The Atlantic magazine hired conservative columnist Kevin Williamson as a contributor March 22. Liberal outlets are already calling for his firing.
Williamson is a veteran columnist from National Review. Hes one of four people The Atlantic tapped to head up its new Ideas section wherein writers discuss the political philosophies of the day. It doesnt matter to the writers at Slate and The New Republic that liberals outnumber Williamson on the page three to one — even a single conservative is too many.
Kevin Williamsons work crosses from provocation into “genuine extremism,” The New Republics Sarah Jones said in her piece. The problem is shes moving her goal post for “genuine extremism.”
Williamsons presence shouldnt taint world class writers at The Atlantic, Jones claimed. She offered up Ta-Nehisi Coates as an example of one of these writers — the same guy who justified violent riots in Baltimore and claimed President Donald Trump is a product of dangerous whiteness.
Is that not genuine extremism? Or is just the sort of genuine extremism Jones happens to like?
Her reaction is representative of mainstream media majority. A similar thing happened when The New York Times hired Conservative Bret Stephens as an opinion columnist. The internet exploded with calls for his firing because he was too radical.
Since joining The Times, Stephens has called for repealing the 2nd Amendment — twice. If thats now called genuine conservative extremism, its no wonder why conservatives are feeling less and less welcome in public discourse on the internet, on campuses, and on T.V.
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