Thursday, April 05, 2018

Kevin Williamson's Secret Identity Is Kevin Williamson

Today, Mr.  Kevin Williamson was Scaramuccied from The Atlantic for being, well, Kevin Williamson. Apparently, after hiring Mr. Williamson a little over a week ago week to a flurry of fifes and trumpets and condescending cavil from Jeffrey Goldberg about the importance of hearing from as many diverse voices wingnut scuttlefish as possible, Mr. Goldberg got around to, y'know, actually vetting his new hire to see if he was qualified for the job he had just been given.

In all my years and many jobs, I can say with perfect certainty that I have never been the beneficiary of a "Hire First/Ask Questions Later" personnel policy. 

Obviously, I'm not greasing the right people.  For example.

Hey speaking of terrible people landing prominent gigs for no explicable reason, you might remember that less than a week ago and obviously with nothing else in the world to write about, Bret Stephens -- another famous member of the League of Really Sketchy Conservative Hires -- decided to unlimber his own Mighty Scimitar of Antipathy to smite anyone who would dare to judge a Conservative writer by the words he writes.
Shouldn’t great prose and independent judgment count for something? Not according to your critics. We live in the age of guilt by pull-quote, abetted by a combination of lazy journalism, gullible readership, missing context, and technologies that make our every ill-considered utterance instantly accessible and utterly indelible. I jumped at your abortion comment, but for heaven’s sake, it was a tweet. When you write a whole book on the need to execute the tens of millions of American women who’ve had abortions, then I’ll worry.
See, the defense of Mr. Williamson came down to the depth and breadth of knowledge professed by his defenders.  If only you thin-skinned, intolerant Libtards really knew him as we on the Right do.   Once again from Bret Stephens in The New York Times:
I’m sorry to have to write you, for two reasons. Sorry, first, that you have to endure having your character assailed and assassinated by people who rarely if ever read you and likely never met you. 
And then, wouldn't you know it, somebody had to go spoil Mr. Stephen's Indignation Shindig by reading what Mr. Williamson wrote and listening to what Mr, Williamson said.  Turns out, Bret Stephens knows very nearly as much about Kevin Williamson as he knows about climate change.

We return now to Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic a week later, being cited in this Huffington Post article entitled "Atlantic Fires Kevin Williamson After Suddenly Realizing He Believes The Things He Says":
Late yesterday afternoon, information came to our attention that has caused us to reconsider this relationship. Specifically, the subject of one of Kevin’s most controversial tweets was also a centerpiece of a podcast discussion in which Kevin explained his views on the subject of the death penalty and abortion. The language he used in this podcast—and in my conversations with him in recent days—made it clear that the original tweet did, in fact, represent his carefully considered views. The tweet was not merely an impulsive, decontextualized, heat-of-the-moment post, as Kevin had explained it. Furthermore, the language used in the podcast was callous and violent. This runs contrary to The Atlantic’s tradition of respectful, well-reasoned debate, and to the values of our workplace.

Kevin is a gifted writer, and he has been nothing but professional in all of our interactions. But I have come to the conclusion that The Atlantic is not the best fit for his talents, and so we are parting ways.
But the story doesn't end there, because why would it?  Because for the permanent residents of Our Lady of Perpetual Conservative Grievance, there can be no greater threat to their wingnut welfare gravy train than the idea that one day their long history of butt-scooting heinous drivel all over the public square might come with some marketplace consequences.

From a noted Goat Fucker:
The Federalist making the not-unreasonable calculation that its average reader is too stupid to figure out they're being lied to:

Another Regnery cockroach heard from:
But don't worry kids.  Mr. Williamson won't miss any meals.  Because in America, the wingnut welfare slop trough is deep and wide and never runs dry.

Behold, a Tip Jar!


Unknown said...

And Erickson shows us for the eleventy billionth time that it’s always, ALWAYS projection with these insufferable pustules. Always.

They’d silence all liberal thought in a goddamn nanosecond if they could. And they are certainly trying (I see you there, Sinclair).

Neo Tuxedo said...

August J. Pollak replied to that tweet, pointing out that Ewick bin Ewick once filmed himself shooting bullets into a copy of a newspaper because said newspaper gave him a sad.

And it's not always projection. Sometimes it's straight up DARVO.

ziply said...

My take fwiw: Goldberg prostituted the Atlantic for clicks/profit by hiring this selectively ignorant man, and Atlantic readers rose up

Anonymous said...

If conservatives are always being silenced because they have a hard time keeping jobs in the non-conservative media, how come The National Review or The American Spectator or whoever never ever publishes Noam Chomsky, or, you know, even fergodssakes Ta-Nehisi Coates for "balance," the way the non-conservative media is always supposed to?

Robt said...

Kevin Williamson has very strong views on something he never / ever Will have to make a choice on.

A note for Erick Erickson
Your republican party in its white scared supremacy. With majorities in congress. You deported a 2 tour Afghanistan marine. Yes, he immigrated. You let him serve this country. Risk all. Returns home with PTSD. has some trouble while trying to get in at the V.A.. But he is deported and separated from his family.

Something republicans of an ideology can hold themselves up in False Pride.

Bannon and Gorka hired by Trump for their white supremacy hatreds, fired for reasons a republican dictator does not have to answer.

Lit3Bolt said...

The Wingnut Pundit, a Play in One Act, One Scene.


WILLIAMSON: I want to kill all women who get abortions!

(AUDIENCE laughs, claps)


LOWRY: What a lovable scamp! You're hired, Kevin D. Williamson!

WILLIAMSON: I want to kill all women who get abortions! By hanging!

LOWRY: You're adorable.


WILLIAMSON: I want to kill all women who get abortions! By hanging! And their doctors too!


GOLDBERG: By my tribe, we could use such a deep thinker as you, Williamson, at my magazine. Will you join us?

WILLIAMSON: I want to kill all women who get abortions! By hanging! And their doctors too! And their nurses!

GOLDBERG: Ha ha! That so, merry wag? You will have to moderate thy tongue, though, at my magazine.

WILLIAMSON: I want to kill all women who get abortions! By hanging! And their doctors too! And their nurses! They must be executed by the state and all must see the penalty of murder of fetal cell clumps.

GOLDBERG:, ok, that's enough...

WILLIAMSON: It's ok, I deleted my twitter account. I want to kill all women who get abortions!


FALSTAFF: Except there is a podcast of thy sayings, Williamson.

WILLIAMSON: Nani, baka yaro?!

GOLDBERG: You're fired.


bill said...

"butt-scooting heinous drivel"

This shall be my new go-to descriptive for CCRWR keening across its narrow-minded spectrum. I'll risk its overuse to pile-drive the truth of it home.

As a resource of phraseology you, sir, are the gift that keeps on giving. Thanks for all you do.

dinthebeast said...

"Kevin Williamson Fired From The Atlantic For Opposing Abortion"

Perfectly encapsulates the utter denial of the existence of women as human beings that underlies the entire abortion "debate" and by extension, the entire political right.

No, he wasn't fired for opposing abortion you fucks, he was fired for advocating the execution of women and their doctors.

And don't forget that abortion is a 100% manufactured political wedge issue that almost no-one gave a rat's ass about, including evangelical Christians, until the goddamn right started using it to win elections.

The first recorded writing about abortion was 1,550 BC, if I remember correctly, so Republicans don't get to own it.

-Doug in Oakland

Robt said...

There is a lot to be learned on confronting Right Wing space Forces.

The Comedian Jedi has powers to combat this plague rising from the fleas off the rats fleeing the sinking ships finding refuge on anything that floats for the moment.

Yes copy and paste. I reccomend it. Please, do not drink anything you may spit out on the walls in a fit of laughter.

Here is example of the comedy Jedi who the Force is with,

Jedi Jimmy

Ok said...

Drifty, you’re in rare form today! 👏😆

Unknown said...

It is amazing how many conservatives with media careers become free speech absolutists when some feral conservative gets his/her ass canned for advocating one atrocity or another.

One never-Trumper I follow semi-regularly was wagging his finger today on Twitter about how hypocritical Liberals are and how little he respects our "emotional" arguments. All this while never acknowledging the how explicitly threatening Williamson's advocacy was. It takes a special talent to hand-wave away all threats to third parties in order to focus on whatever abstract point interests you the most.

I want to tell him to imagine his career is a uterus and that some neckbeard is suggesting he should be hung for misusing it, and then he can get back to us on what constitutes an emotional response.

--Nonny Mouse

Neo Tuxedo said...

I want to tell him to imagine his career is a uterus and that some neckbeard is suggesting he should be hung for misusing it, and then he can get back to us on what constitutes an emotional response.

Do it. Do it do it dooooo iiiiit.

Strider said...

I thought Eric "Lord hear our prayer" Erickson quit twitter.

barney said...

You guys are great. Thanks.