Twitter Reacts to the Firing of Kevin Williamson: ‘Cutting Him Loose Under Left-Wing Fire Is Deplorable’


Well, that didn’t last long.

Conservative writer Kevin Williamson, whose views on abortion and other topics were roundly criticized by many, was hired and then promptly fired by The Atlantic after it was revealed that Williamson not once, but twice, espoused the belief that women who have had abortions should be hanged.

At first, Atlantic Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg defended his hire in an internal email, saying: “I don’t think that taking a person’s worst tweets, or assertions, in isolation is the best journalistic practice.”

But he quickly pivoted when he realized that Williamson’s tweet on abortion was not a one-off, ill-considered situation.

“The language he used in this podcast—and in my conversations with him in recent days—made it clear that the original tweet did, in fact, represent his carefully considered views,” he said in an internal message to staff.

The about-face got many on Twitter chatting about the ethicality of dumping Williamson on the basis of his views – and the backlash they incited:

Before the conversation even happened, one person hit the nail on the head as to how it would go:

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