Just a week after The Atlantic announced his hiring, the magazine fired its new commentator over comments he made about abortion.
The AP reports that editor-in-chief Jeff Goldberg announced the firing of conservative writer Kevin Williamson, saying in a company email that Williamson’s defense of his position on abortion “runs contrary to The Atlantic’s tradition of respectful, well-reasoned debate, and to the values of our workplace.”
In previous comments posted this week by Media Matters, Williamson argued that “the law should treat abortion like any other homicide” with punishment including hanging.
Media Matters adds: “Williamson has a long history of producing problematic articles and commentary on a variety of topics, including on abortion, transgender people, and immigrants. Several of Williamson’s defenders have downplayed his history emphasizing, in particular, that Williamson’s tweets on abortion should not be taken seriously.”
Goldberg is quoted by The New York Post saying: “Kevin is a gifted writer, and he has been nothing but professional in all of our interactions. But I have come to the conclusion that The Atlantic is not the best fit for his talents, and so we are parting ways.”