Right-Wing Site Reportedly 'Purges' Writers Critical of Trump
The conservative news site RedState reportedly laid off a large contingent of its writers who are critical of President Donald Trump on Friday, according to a report from the Daily Beast. The move comes following weeks of debate about whether mainstream media sources are too hostile to conservative and Republican-leaning writers.
"[A]mong those laid off by RedState and its parent company Townhall Media were top editors and writers Caleb Howe, Jay Caruso, Ben Howe, Patrick Frey (who writes under the pseudonym Patterico), Neil Stevens, and Susan Wright—all of whom are often critical of the president," the Daily Beast reported.
After the news broke, Erick Erickson, who was an early editor-in-chief for the site but has since parted ways with it, wrote: "The site name will linger, but RedState is all but dead now."
The Reagan Battalion, a group of anti-Trump conservatives, quipped that the site will now be renamed "Orange State."
In recent weeks, conservatives have been deeply critical of mainstream media outlets because they supposedly are resistant to hiring conservative writers. The Atlantic, in particular, received strident ire when it decided not to hire Kevin Williamson, a conservative writer who suggested that women who have abortions should be hanged. It's not clear yet if the conservative media world will have a similar reaction to a right-wing's effort expel people critical of the president.
RedState did not respond to a request for comment.