Daily Caller Fires Opinion Editor Over Milo Column

The Hill reports:

The Daily Caller has fired its opinion editor amid controversy over the site’s publishing of a column by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, the editor-in-chief confirmed to a CNN reporter Saturday.

Geoffrey Ingersoll, the right-leaning news site’s top editor, confirmed Saturday to CNN’s Oliver Darcy that opinion editor Rob Mariani was fired. The confirmation came shortly after Yiannopoulos posted about his column ending on Facebook.

“Sad news: The Daily Caller has caved to pressure and cancelled my weekly column after a day, claiming, falsely, they never planned to run weekly contributions from me,” Yiannopoulos wrote Saturday. “The Daily Caller is also throwing its opinion editor Rob Mariani under the bus: we are told he has just been fired. I’m disappointed, to put it mildly.”

Shortly before the firing, Salon weighed in:

The former Breitbart star has become the latest of several white nationalist writers to be welcomed by the Daily Caller. The site is owned in part by Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson although he has said he is uninvolved in the site’s operations. The primary financial backer of the enterprise is said to be Foster Friess, an investor who has donated to a number of Christian nationalist causes.

Geoffrey Ingersoll, the Caller’s editor-in-chief, told Salon via email that Yiannopoulos is receiving no compensation for his writing. “He has no contract, he has no salary, he’s not being paid,” Ingersoll wrote. Founded in 2010 as a conservative response to the Huffington Post, the Daily Caller’s lower profile than Breitbart News has allowed its turn toward white nationalism to receive less press coverage than Bannon’s infamous attempts to make Breitbart “the platform for the alt-right.”

Last week Breitbart’s primary financial backer Robert Mercer sold his stake in the site to his daughters, announcing the move in a statement that also denounced Milo, who is currently promoting an “It’s OK To Be White” campaign launched last week by far-right extremists at 4chan.

  • Leo
    • Tawreos

      I thought getting rid of any decency is what was needed to run for the GOP these days.

    • OdieDenCO

      the donny voters in Virginia who are goina turn out. the russians are coming the russians are coming. where Paul Revere when you need him?

    • Cuberly Deux

      In the new norm, decency is regarded as a weakness.

  • Tawreos

    White nationalists had a problem with a man married to a black man and the guy that decided it was OK to hire him, how surprising.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      The cognitive dissonance is so intense it BURNS!

  • Boreal
    • ChrisMorley
    • Todd20036

      Methinks he was a cute twink once upon a time and is seriously bitter that he grew out of that phase

      • Steverino

        Now he’s doing his best to keep alive every right-wing stereotype about gay men: pedophile, shallow, vain…

        • Dan Savage calls Milo’s act “gayface”. It’s roughly the equivalent of someone wearing blackface and enacting racial stereotypes. No one would tolerate that in 2017 but for some reason straight men (including Bill Maher) find his gay stereotype act mesmerizing. (Go watch the Real Time interview again but just watch Maher’s face.) His routine is offensive and that’s what he’s paid to do. Make gay people look bad for the entertainment of racists. But then he started to emerge from the underground and the right really couldn’t have that revolting display out in public so they kicked him to the curb. (Using an old interview clip that had been discussed by liberals at least a year earlier.) If anyone wasn’t clear on what the right and much of the middle really thinks about gay people, this is as clear an indication as you’re going to get. If anyone is still gay and conservative after that they are too stupid to be worth anyone’s time.

          • McSwagg

            Savage is probably right, but too many young gay twits think that embracing all the stereotypes is the only way to be authentically gay; otherwise, they believe you’re a “self hating homosexual” trying to pass by “acting straight”. I deduce this from the many twink twits who have come up to me in a gay bar (I’m an introvert who tends to blend in with the paneling and potted plants) to lecture me about “not being gay enough” for their approval. I tell them to fuck off as I didn’t ask for and don’t need their approval. Further, I’m generally repulsed by shallow, ignorant, unintelligent morons who adhere to what’s “fashionable” in appearance and behavior no matter how attractive the “wrapping” may be.

          • Sometimes when people have been closeted and finally come out they overcorrect. Where they were repressed now they feel the need to be as gay as they can. Most calm down after a few months to a year. And some people are very effeminate and flamboyant and frankly I find them a lot of fun. I can be very button-up and guys like that help me get over myself and have fun.

          • McSwagg

            I have no problem with people living their own truth and identity. If someone is effeminate and flamboyant, rock it. Just don’t expect everyone else to be the same way and act all judgmental when they’re not. People are different and there is no one “right way” to be gay.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Milo and Kevin Spacey can commiserate over reruns of the little league world series highlights.

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      Milo has aged out of that scenario.

  • shellback

    Excuse me, Yapi-yapi – “under the bus” is so cliche that I find it hard to believe anyone considers you a writer. What are you, 10 years old? [insert jokes here]

    • It’s not pronounced “Yappy-poodle-pus”?
      …my bad

    • McSwagg

      My English Comp teacher would have circled that expression in red and written “trite” next to it.

  • Michael R

    You know you suck when the person who hired you gets fired .

    • TrueWords

      EXACTLY…I mean it is the Daily Caller…their standards are REALLY LOW

      • Christopher

        If it weren’t for low standards, they wouldn’t have any at all.

        • TrueWords

          Agreed…

    • olandp

      When you get fired from a job that doesn’t even pay you.

      • TampaZeke

        Reminds me of the episode of Ellen when she got fired from her volunteer job.

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  • Michael R

    Now Robert Mercers daughters or the ” Not Nazis ” , big change .
    Are they backing Richard Spencer ?

    • Taylor Bixler

      I think Spencer’s group does get some Mercer $ but his big donor is William H. Regnery,

  • TuuxKabin

    The heavens beckoned, and the massive beaver full moon, aka, hunters moon has been recorded:

    http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/see-it-full-hunters-moon

    • ColdCountry

      Just stunning! Thanks for sharing that link.

      • TuuxKabin

        I get all caught up in the moon’s phases. Especially when visible from the deck out back, fenced in by 5 to 15 story buildings on the block, our southern view has plenty of sky & sun shine. But the moon doesn’t appear that low in the sky.

    • Steverino

      As a gay man, I prefer a hunters moon to a beaver full moon…
      ; )

    • DonnaLee

      Thank you, I had shit for visibility here.

  • TrueWords

    Milo isn’t a “Provocateur”. He is a professional racist. Much like Ann Cuntler

    He throws sh*t on people who he feels superior to

    Everyone sucks but him.

    He has no thoughts that are truly original

    and he is a pedophile…it time for him to saddle up to Kevin and ride off into the sunset

    • SoCalGal20

      He didn’t even write most of the stuff posted under his byline at Breitbart. He had ghostwriter lackeys do a lot of it.

    • Dramphooey

      Are you aware his one and only column actually started with him attacking Kevin Spacey? Talk about gall.

      • TrueWords

        Milo wanted all the attention

    • He’s definitely going down the drain. He has outlasted his usefulness to the right. Now he’s a liability for them. Hopefully as he’s flushed down the sewer he will take his enablers like Dave Rubin down with him.

  • Gustav2
  • Harveyrabbit
  • Michael R
  • PickyPecker
    • TrueWords

      sometimes two words….

      BLEACHED ASSHOLES

    • Boreal

      Two fake blonds and fake human beings.

      • GayOldLady

        Don’t you just love Stone’s forehead hairline? It looks like a braided rug!

        • Boreal

          Looks like the braiding is just barely holding.

          • GayOldLady

            Someone needs to tell him to comb it forward, just a bit, to cover the plug work.

        • Dazzer

          Not a good braided rug, though.

          It’s not as if it’d be allowed into a craft fair (except as an example of what not to do).

          • Ginger Snap

            Definitely not Karastan quality.

          • Robert Schaaf

            He got it on Etsy.

        • TuuxKabin

          definitely not a Bigelow.

          • Ginger Snap

            Or Karastan.

        • Todd20036

          It may well be

        • bzrd

          if he were Flynn, it would be a Turkish rug

    • Gerry Fisher

      The lack of humanity in Stone’s eyes is unnerving, worsened by his grimace-smile.

      • DonnaLee

        Typical Republican dead eyes.

    • Todd20036

      Milo looks like he’s under the influence and afraid to show it in his eyes

      • Dazzer

        Milo has the desperate look of someone who knows he’s going to have to fuck Roger Stone in return for a selfie.

    • Barry William Teske

      Oh no!
      My eyes my eyes!

    • Ginger Snap

      I just threw up a lot in my mouth.

  • Kevin Andrews

    The “Alt-Right,” of FASCIST Amerikka is worthy of destruction. Professional liars; one and all. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/53799a136ad8e555542a7fde98ab5479f4c3caf424cefb2673cc3a9d30a9ffb5.png

    • Robincho

      Mame would be happier if thundercunt’s hyphen were moved to cock-juggling, where it belongs…

  • joeyj1220

    Remember just a few brief years ago when there was no knowledge of a Milo, or a President Trump, or a Manafort, … ah, good times

    • Dazzer

      It’s a sign of the times that remembering decent politicians and a functioning government is like being a grown-up who recalls a childhood in Narnia.

    • Tulle Christensen

      Who?

  • Boreal

    Slightly OT:
    In my brief time online yesterday I blocked more trolls/bots in one day than in an entire month

    • PickyPecker
      • JaniceInToronto

        Needs death-ray lasers…

        • “Sharks with laser beams strapped to their heads???!!
          “You DO love me!”

      • Menergy

        That’s cool!👏

    • PickyPecker

      Let’s see…..DNC bashers? Hillary haters? Trumpanzees?

      • Boreal

        Yes and quite a concerted effort in the runup to election day.

        • Dazzer

          You should see the Guardian today. There’s an article there on Donna Brazile’s book and all the old Putinbots are back in force.

          all those “they’re all both the same” arguments are being brought out in force.

          • PickyPecker

            Means they’ll be popping in here as well. yay.

          • Dazzer

            If you look at Washington Journal on C-Span at the moment, there’s a Bernie Supporter attacking the Democratic Party as hard as he can.

            He doesn’t give a stuff that there are elections on Tuesday.

          • Todd20036

            And getting blocked. Hell I block regulars to turn out to be troll. Do Something Nice and Tiger Quinn come to mind

          • Tread

            Don’t forget the wonderful lestyebejudged who has, on several occasions, told other commenters to kill themselves.

          • pj

            lovely

          • Barry William Teske

            I am looking forward to their Fakerbating.
            The mess they keep making on themselves, well that is almost as good as admission.

          • Boreal

            I believe it. On my teabagger congress critter’s FB page, trolls were replying to comments. When I clicked on their profiles they were all from out of state accounts.

      • worstcultever

        All of em, Katie

        Twitter was a total Pootie Bot Jamboree (& still is)

    • Treant

      I did too, now that you mention it. It was like Putin was hurling around the rubles influencing the Tuesday elections.

      • Boreal

        On every site I visited even FA there were RW trolls.

    • Barry William Teske

      I leave them on now.
      No blockng.
      Just in case they need a tissue…

    • Jeffrey

      I used to hate to block anyone because I don’t want to be in an echo chamber. But then I joined Twitter and saw so many obvious bots. And people not at all interested in anything but disruption and spreading nonsense. Now I happily block away!

      • Blocking make your life better. You don’t need trash in your feed. Now, some moderate and even conservative commentators ought to be part of your twitter feed, imho. I follow David Frum and Richard Painter, for example. Not that I always agree with them, but when I don’t it’s worth my time to think about why I don’t. There’s nothing to learn from listening to Laura Ingraham or Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh unless you’re just interested in monitoring what those lying bigots are up to these days.

  • Gustav2

    Really? Pushing “It’s ok to be white” at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota? Now that is stoopid.

    They are so polite they are almost Canadian.

    • Barry William Teske

      Almost but lets be honest here.
      NOT.

  • Acronym Jim

    According to one of the right-wing sites he writes for, Mariani has also worked as the web editor for RT America.

    I’m SHOCKED! SHOCKED, I TELL YOU!

  • hdtex
    • Bluto

      I wanna cut that stupid frosted hair off his head with a chain saw.

  • Elagabalus

    Clearly, Milo played the part of of Useful Idiot in order to hoodwink stupid neocon gay people into thinking that Trump likes gay people. Now that the election is over and Trump won, Milo is no longer useful, he’s just the idiot he’s always been and his star has completely faded. Cry me a river.

    • Barry William Teske

      #UsefulIdiotsHaveFeelysToo

      LMFAO

    • If that was the plan, it failed. Trump got a smaller portion of the gay vote than any Republican since they started polling gay people in exit polls.

  • Hank

    “He has no contract, he has no salary, he’s not being paid,”…..

    Sounds like Manafort, Papadopolous, and any supposed “volunteer” to the Drumpf campaign.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Poor MyLow.

    • GanymedeRenard

      HisLow.

  • Jeffrey

    Once Mercer drop kicked Yiannopowhatshisname there wasn’t much hope for what’s left of his “career”

  • Taylor Bixler

    Milo’s week last week was almost as good a Drumpf’s…

    • Barry William Teske

      AltRight Dictionary spellcheck: good is b-a-d.

  • JWC

    Chalk up another stunning victory for Yannisasshole

  • Tor
    • Barry William Teske

      Almost as if someone asked for, and was not forced into, a blackeye.
      I know, violence is not cool, nor should it be the go to, but I can’t help think about that ancient tradition of falling onto the upper punch.

  • Barry William Teske

    In same news: Mercer sells stake to daughters. And like most vampires, things tend to be family orientated.
    Helpful Hint: Good to know.

  • licuado de platano

    “He has no contract, he has no salary, he’s not being paid,” Ingersoll wrote.

    Paying writers for their content is for liberal pussies.

    • -M-

      Or rich racist oligarchs who want to tear down the social order to get out of paying billions in back taxes.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Here’s something I find a bit unsettling. I remember knowing and hearing white men and women who hated Dr. Martin Luther King so much, including what he represented, that it was common to hear people conjecture how best to eliminate him. “That ni**er” needs to be killed.” “He’s ripe for stringing up, the anti American communist.” “The CIA needs to take care of this King problem” and much worse. Such comments and a racist world view shocked my west coast elitist, latte-sipping, progressive liberal feelings. And it still does,

    However, fifty two years later I find my self saying and thinking similar things about this alt-right white supremacist shit head. He offends every fiber in my body. Were I to find myself in a position to save him from drowning or falling off a tall building, I wouldn’t do it. So, it’s rather frightening to me that I’m just as racist and bigoted as the people among whom I grew up from the late 1940s through the late 1960s, even though it’s from a different perspective.

    I suppose I’ll never attain the enlightenment of buddha.

    • licuado de platano

      You are wrong. That realization of coming full circle is indeed the “enlightenment.”

    • -M-

      Whether leaving Milo to his well-deserved fate is wrong or not, it isn’t racist. You hate him because he is personally despicable and destructive, not for being Greek or white nor is he offending or embarrassing you by doing something good for an oppressed group, like King did. He’s encouraging prejudice, discrimination, and divisiveness to sabotage civil discussion and engagement, those are excellent reasons to hate him.

      • And always remember, because this will come up later, it was NOT the left that took Milo down. Several bloggers had posted that pedo interview months earlier and it was ignored by the right. Then when they wanted to be rid of him they dug it up (knowing about it all along) and used that as an excuse to toss him aside. He was around as long as he was useful to the right and not one second longer. He got in bed with awful people and now they are treating him as anyone with any sense could have seen that they eventually would. I don’t feel sorry for him as he has this coming and always did. I didn’t make it happen and couldn’t have stopped it if I had wanted to. I will not feel bad for a moment of Schadenfreude. It’s 2017. Some days if it weren’t for a little Schadenfreude we’d get no Freude at all.

        • Mark

          I loved it when he claimed he was a Jew (despite wearing a cross) and the next moment said, but we jews do control the media, or something like that.

          Milo was good for one thing

          Making Milo money and fame.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Well, first off, you’re making an incredible leap of moral logic and worse, you’re conflating the issue. MLK was a man working towards peace and harmony, Milo is the exact opposite. Using a religious analogy (the irony of my being an atheist is not lost on me here), it’s akin to comparing Jesus to Satan. So there really shouldn’t be any conflict. Simply MLK was worthy of your admiration and life…Milo deserves nothing but to be cast aside. Even the Buddha understood this painful reality, that evil is a part of life and that concerning yourself with those who are evil should be so…if a man desires so much as to drown himself in gold, it is not for you to save him, but instead to let him drown, for it is what he desires.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Yeah, but . . Yeah . . uh . . I’ve begun to have fantasies where I personally whap Milo up the side of his head . . . and me enjoying it. 🙁

    • There’s no equivalency. MLK was a civil rights leader whose efforts led to rights for all kinds of people, not just African Americans. He was a force for justice in America and in the world. Milo is a vicious troll. To even mention them in the same paragraph means I have to go scrub myself with a loofah now for a half hour.

    • McSwagg
      • GanymedeRenard

        Absolutely so. Which is why I’ve always hated the supposed “neutrality” of countries like Switzerland. Sorry, but remaining neutral only helps the oppressor.

    • Ann Kah

      You are making a moral judgement between the two. That’s what a moral person does. Don’t apologize for it.

      The comparison is rather like the evolution-creation “controversy”, with some people saying “teach the controversy, present both ‘opinions'” as if they were just flip sides of the same coin. But they’re not; one is bolstered by over a century of science and millions of pieces of evidence, and one is a belief in magic. Treating them as equivalent is an outrageous perversion of science and evidence. Similarly, “kill the do-gooder” is in no way the same as “kill the nasty bigoted troll”. Do not apologize for your good sense and functioning moral compass, which incidentally will probably keep Milo safe.

    • leastyebejudged

      I’m not getting this false equivalency.

      The right isn’t about equality or fairness, they’re all about monopoly, exploitation, and using the violence of the state to achieve these goals.

      You’re conflict is the same conflict people here deal with every day.

      Which is to say, a constant search for excuses to be peaceful and passive, with the trite exception of using their right to speak out to mostly whine, while the rest of the country and the world go to shit.

      The “enlightenment” of a fat Buddha character that sits on his ass all day is one that I’ll happily ignore.

  • Bluto

    I’m tired of the nazi bullshit that when someone says BLM that that somehow means “fuck the crackers”. When someone says “save the whales” I don’t interpret that to mean “screw the dolphins”.

  • So where are all the free speech advocates from the right now? Aren’t they silencing Milo? Or is that only bad when colleges don’t want his racist, lying ass to speak on their campus and start riots?

  • GanymedeRenard

    Remember, kids, this is the same little POS who refers to the moron in chief as his God-Emperor-Daddy. If he keeps digging lower he’ll probably find incandescence.

  • Phaius

    Milo really needs to rename his book to “MEDIOCRE”, and I’ve heard that his greatest fear is that people will finally realize how unoriginal and uninteresting he actually is.