My personal role-model, Democratic Senate candidate and influential blogger Mickey Kaus, is out of a job after The Daily Caller pulls a piece critical of Fox News and its neo-con wardrumming as a distraction from America’s threat from rampant immigration. Hat-tip Vox Day:
The blogger Mickey Kaus has quit his job at The Daily Caller after the conservative site’s editor-in-chief, Tucker Carlson, pulled a critical column about Fox News from the site, Kaus told the On Media blog on Tuesday.
“It’s pretty simple,” Kaus said in an interview, “I wrote a piece attacking Fox for not being the opposition on immigration and amnesty — for filling up the airwaves with reports on ISIS and terrorism, and not fulfilling their responsibility of being the opposition on amnesty and immigration…. I posted it at 6:30 in the morning. When I got up, Tucker had taken it down. He said, ‘We can’t trash Fox on the site. I work there.'”
Carlson, who co-founded The Daily Caller in 2010, is a conservative contributor to Fox News and the host of its weekend edition of “Fox & Friends.”
Kaus says when he told Carlson he needed to be able to write about Fox, Carlson told him it was a hard-and-fast rule, and non-negotiable.
“He said it was a rule, and he wouldn’t be able to change that rule. So I told him I quit,” Kaus explained. “I just don’t see how you can put out a publication with that kind of giant no-go area. It’s not like we’re owned by Joe’s Muffler Shop, so we just can’t write about Joe’s Muffler shop.”
–Well, I applaud Mickey’s principled stand on this, and I hope he lands on his feet. Frankly, The Daily Caller never made it easy to read or navigate his columns anyway.
Kaus is perhaps America’s most prominent and persuasive immigration skeptic, and also a great political journalist who has been repeatedly proven years ahead of the mainstream curve, as witness all the time he spent in the wilderness telling anybody who would listen that John Edwards had a secret love child.
He’s also brilliantly funny and cantankerously loveable, a great American salt-of-the-earth philosopher and eccentric bon vivant, and the “liberal” every conservative should read.
Godspeed Mickey. All the best!