Fired Daily Caller Opinion Editor Seeks Donations to ‘Fall-Guy Fund’ Over ‘Unjust Firing’

Last week, The Daily Caller published an op-ed by disgraced former Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos. The column was soon met with outrage on social media as it was revealed that Milo would be providing weekly columns for the DC, as the bottom of the first column noted.

Just a day after the Milo column published, Yiannopoulos took to his Facebook page to point out that he had his weekly column canceled and that opinion editor Robert Mariani had been fired by The DC over the fiasco. CNN’s Oliver Darcy confirmed that editor-in-chief Geoffrey Ingersoll had fired Mariani, with Ingersoll stating that Mariani was canned for “failure to properly convey” the deal he made with Milo to the site’s CEO.

Now Mariani is taking to Twitter to ask others to help him out — by contributing to his GoFundMe page because he wasn’t given a severance package.

On the GoFundMe page — titled The Mariani Fall-Guy Fund — Mariani indicated that the publisher may have been contacted by “an anti-Trump donor or investor who was very upset with Milo’s column.” He added:

The publisher, Neil Patel, is a Bushie. He was chief policy advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and has deep connections to Bush administration folks. And, if you’ve been paying attention, you know that Bushies are on an anti-Trump warpath these days.

The ex-opinion editor told Darcy at the time of his firing that the idea for a regular Milo column was “a higher-ranking editor’s idea,” something he reiterated on Twitter. Also, he said that he was surprised to be fired because the “traffic for the section was at record highs and increasing.”

In a comment for Mediaite, Mariani said that “the editor-in-chief and the rest of the editorial staff were blameless and did the right thing throughout the ordeal.” He added that he has emails that “provide support for everything” that he’s previously mentioned.

[image via The Daily Caller]

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