The St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted an editor’s note online today informing readers they would no longer be carrying George Will‘s column after a controversial column he penned last week about rape and progressivism.
Will said progressive thought made the idea of a rape victim a “coveted status” on college campuses that comes with certain privileges, a point that earned him condemnation from the National Organization for Women and a number of Democratic senators.
The Washington Post is standing by Will for now, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which has syndicated Will’s column for a time, has dropped it, and they specifically cite the rape column as a main factor.
The change has been under consideration for several months, but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it.
Will, meanwhile, has not yet publicly commented on the backlash his column has gotten.
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