Note: I will do a separate post to thanks everyone for their generosity and support. My gratitude is indescribable.
Wow, it’s been a crazy 30 hours or so. There’s been a lot written about my firing, and I don’t want to waste time duplicating that, but I’ll list the links after the cut. Here’s what I would add.
This firing was the decision of the Editor in Chief of Politics Daily alone. I’ve spoken with several people inside the AOL organization, lateral to her and up, and without veering into off-the-record stuff, they are supportive of me and my work, and those relationships remain intact. Yes, even with all of this publicity, which has been unreal.
I also want to say that, as Editor in Chief, Melinda Henneberger has every right and authority to dismiss me for any reason. This isn’t about legality.
Conversely, I have a right to protect my reputation, and to disseminate facts relevant to that. I want people to know some things.
#1. There was no profanity in my original Playboy story for Politics Daily, although this was the reason given for its deletion. I embellished the reasoning when republishing it to shield my employer from criticism.
#2. My work for AOL has been consistently of high quality, and my role has been as much straight journalist as commentator.
#3. My work has driven the overwhelming share of AOL’s external traffic for the past year or so.
#4. Up until the minute I was fired, Politics Daily’s editorial staff was working actively to expand my role with the site, not end it.
I can’t say exactly why this happened, as none of the shifting rationales (publicly) given for my firing make any sense. Given the facts documented in the articles written on the subject, and facts that I can’t share on the record, I have no doubt that the Playboy article was the true catalyst for my firing.
Here are links to stories that have been written about this. Your clicks tell theses editors that his story is important to you. (Compiled by @katedoak. Thank you!) Copy and paste, sorry!