Editor That Pulled George Will Column: It ‘Trivializes Sexual Assault Victims’
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch pulled George Will‘s syndicated column last week after uproar over his controversial rape column, and the paper got some pushback for what critics denounced as a censorship effort. Tony Messenger, the Post-Dispatch‘s op-ed editor, defended the decision on CNN yesterday and said Will’s column, contrary to The Washington Post‘s defense of the piece, went beyond the bounds of legitimate debate and “trivializes sexual assault victims.”
Will’s column, which claimed that being a rape victim on a college campus is a privileged status, drew condemnation from the National Organization for Women, among other reactions, and Will himself defended the column last week, dismissing all the controversy surrounding it.
Messenger told Stelter on Sunday that readers “were so deeply offended” by Will’s column and they pulled the column because of how offensive it was to readers. Stelter challenged Messenger with accusations from critics that they pulled the column to censor Will or to be politically correct.
Messenger insisted there’s no truth to the “censorship” argument and said they’re not trying to silence Will’s viewpoint.
Watch the video below, via CNN:
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