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Thursday, June 4, 2009

AOL Fires Writer Tommy Christopher For Objecting to Playboy's Call to Rape Ten Women

I don't know Tommy Christopher personally, just from his regular gig on the Ed Morrissey show, and the fact that I follow his tweets and read some of his columns. I probably disagree with Tommy's politics 95% of the time, he is a liberal but he is not a crazy liberal and he is very funny.

One story that Tommy and I agreed on was this week's disgusting piece in Playboy, the one about the ten conservative women they would like to hate f**K. We both wrote pieces on it. Tommy's piece appeared on his regular AOL column and was very well received by everyone except his management. In a censorship move, AOL pulled the column within hours and today they fired Tommy.Tommy Christopher was fired because he objected to a Playboy article calling for ten women to be raped:

Liberal Writer Fired By AOL News For Reporting Vile Playboy List
By Stephen Gutowski
.....The evidence is stacking up quite high that AOL News fired liberal writer Tommy Christopher today due to his repeated attempts to get coverage of the Playboy attack list on AOL's Politics Daily. Christopher had first attempted to post this criticism of Playboy's sick list the day it was published on their website. However, he was surprised to find that shortly after putting his article on Politics Daily it was deleted by an editor.

............Another former Politics Daily writer I spoke with, Caleb Howe, confirmed that fact...
" His coverage of the Playboy "hate f***" list must have had a lot to do with Tommy being fired, if not everything to do with it" Howe told NewsBusters. "It would be absurd to think the timing is coincidental" referring to the fact that Christopher was fired three days after his original Playboy story and only hours after pitching a new story on the same topic. Further allegations of AOL censoring coverage of the Playboy controversy came to light when Christopher and Howe appeared on Media Lizzy's show this afternoon...

....Tommy Christopher claimed on the show that AOL told him the story was pulled because the Playboy story was too profane. However, Christopher's story censored out all of the profanity and given Media Lizzy's claims it seems that no mention of the Playboy story would be acceptable to AOL....

Has the fact that AOL's parent company, Time Warner, has a business relationship with Playboy may have affected their editorial decisions? After all Time Warner is a major national distributor of Playboy TV through their cable company.
Read the Rest of Stephen Gutowski's report by clicking here
Tommy Christopher was fired because he objected to an article calling for ten women to be raped. If you agree with me that AOL made a mistake in taking the side of Playboy, please send a note to his boss, you can find her at this link.

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