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The Atlantic Fires Kevin Williamson Over Remarks That Women Who Get Abortions Should Be Hanged

After Media Matters dug up a 2014 podcast in which conservative writer Kevin Williamson doubled-down on tweets he had sent calling on women to be executed by hanging for obtaining abortions, The Atlantic has fired him over the controversial comments.

Per Guardian columnist and feminist author Jessica Valenti, Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg sent the publication’s staff a memo explaining the termination:

Politico’s Michael Calderone obtained the memo, which can be seen in the tweet below:

In the memo, Goldberg stated that Williamson — who had been hired late last month to be a columnist for the magazine’s Ideas section — had initially explained his “hanging” comments as an “intemperate tweet” that was sent in the heat of the moment. The unearthed podcast, however, represented Williamson’s “carefully considered views.” Beyond that, Goldberg described Williamson’s language in the podcast as “Callous and violent.”

The editor pointed out in the memo that Williamson wasn’t being let go over his pro-life views, adding that they understood his views on abortion when the publication hired him.

The Atlantic took a lot of heat, mostly from the left, after they announced they were bringing Williamson on board. Besides his over-the-top comments on abortion being highlighted at that time, critics noted that the former National Review scribe had referred to a young black kid as a primate in a piece he had written in the past on East St. Louis.

We have reached out to Goldberg for comment on the termination of Williamson.

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