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Hugh Hewitt Confronts Editor for Removing George Will Column; Editor Hangs Up

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt confronted Tony Messenger, the editorial page editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, over his decision to drop George Will‘s syndicated column after Will ran a controversial piece about sexual assault on college campuses. Hewitt went so far as to accuse Messenger of engaging in McCarthy-like tactics.

Messenger insisted he wasn’t trying to censor Will or anything, he just found Will’s insinuations about rape victims having a privileged status on college campuses to be inaccurate and offensive. Hewitt called him out on a liberal double standard that condemns people like Will but never speaks out in support of women who have been abused and exploited by Democrats like Bill Clinton and Al Sharpton.

They argued over whether Messenger actually “censored” Will, with Messenger saying he just dropped Will’s column for another column and besides, he has a huge national microphone anyway so one paper dropping him would hardly make a difference.

Hewitt then went on a tangent about Alger Hiss, who was accused of being a Soviet spy in the McCarthy era and was convicted of perjury. Hewitt repeatedly pressed Messenger on whether he thinks Hiss was a communist, and after a minute or so of this, Messenger hung up.

MSNBC contributor Karen Finney is one of the only other people to have hung up on Hewitt, and she did so for the same exact reasons; Hewitt grilled her too about whether Hiss was a communist.

Listen to the full segment below, via The Hugh Hewitt Show:

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