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The Atlantic's Moral Courage Died on a Battlefield in Iraq

The Atlantic's motto used to be "of no party or clique." It has now decided to be a house organ of the left.

Michael Kelly was the Editor of The Atlantic. He went off to the Iraq War to cover it and lost his life there. The Atlantic still gives out an award in his name. They should probably stop now. It is pretty clear they are nothing but cowards now.

It's present editor, Jeffrey Goldberg, is a man the Obama White House fingered as easily manipulated so that he could and would help them sell the lies in their Iran deal. For all the moral courage Michael Kelly showed, Goldberg has shown himself to be a coddler of the elite, and a coward.

Goldberg hired the great Kevin Williamson away from William F. Buckley's National Review where Kevin has been for a decade. A leftwing mob, led by abortion rights activists, swung into action against the hire. Goldberg stood firm for a few days and then, bowing to pressure, caved and fired Williamson.

Williamson, you see, thinks women who have abortions should be treated as guilty of murder. The left took a hyperbolic statement of Kevin's and five minutes of a podcast to destroy his career. Williamson's views are not a surprise to anyone and he was hired despite those views until they became inconvenient for Goldberg.

In turn, Goldberg explained his firing Williamson by saying he had to protect the little ladies at the Atlantic. They, you see, might be put at risk by Williamson's thoughts.

A few years ago, the Atlantic named me the most powerful conservative in America. Laugh at that if you want. I did. They printed a very fair and even handed multipage profile by the ever awesome Molly Ball. It is safe to say that the person they once named the most powerful conservative in America could not get a job at that magazine and it is very likely no real conservative could either.

I have been an Atlantic subscriber for over 30 years. The leftward tilt has been apparent for some time. I kept my subscription in order to hear the intelligent voices of authoritarianism. Now I have to ask myself, 'why pay for opinions that are freely screeched over every network and splayed in every newspaper'? Even the book reviews have become truncated and dull.

"The left took a hyperbolic statement of Kevin's and five minutes of a podcast to destroy his career."
Well which is it - you say he believes it, then you say it was blown out of proportion. Pick which one you want.

So Goldberg either had no clue what the politics of Williamson were before hiring or else he had no clue of his company politics and what the reaction of his staff would be to Williamson's hiring? Is that about it? Basically Goldberg is asleep at the wheel?? Surprise, surprise, surprise.

There was a time when Americans would not have tolerated Thought Police. Now they are mainstream, running our universities and many of our media. There was a time when Orwell's books were read as warnings of the dangers of totalitarianism, and now they don't alarm many (if not most) Americans----because they describe attitudes that have become accepted. And of course there was a time when the Rogue Apostrophe was not tolerated, and Americans understood that the word "it's" means "it is" and that the possessive form of "it" does not have an apostrophe

I know you are a troll - but this is the key...it doesn't matter. That is the point, free speech and the interchange of ideas, you are going to hear things you don't agree with, they may even make you angry. Those are the very things we should discuss in a rational manner, the things we should read to know how others think. We used to have debate teams, now we have safe spaces. Ignorance is apparently the goal.

2 things: (1) Magared is hardly a troll and she pointed out a fair problem with Erick's post and (2) It is beyond the pale to sincerely believe and publicly state that women who have abortions should be put to death by the State, and I say that as someone who thinks Williamson is an intelligent writer if not always an intelligent thinker.

Neoconnazi buttboy Kevin Williamson, who called for the killing of the white [read Christian] working class, revealed why he worked at National Review, he shared their Trotskyite international communist aka globalist agenda for the Marxist plantation slavery state. Williamson is no more a conservative than his fellow neverTrump neoconnazi Erick Erickson.

Erick doesnt need me or anyone to come to his defense, but clearly you have not been reading him since the election. When Trump is right, Erick acknowledges it. He even wrote about ending #NeverTrump. Troll #2.

The only reason to hire Williamson was to try to get more subscribers outside of the polarized base. The fact is they read the tea leaves and found they would get fewer non-progressive subscribers than they would lose progressive, AND be shut out of the beltway should Kamala win in 2020.