Conservative Site RedState Makes a Big Move

In 'mass firing,' many anti-Trump bloggers are fired
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2018 5:43 PM CDT
Conservative blogger Erick Erickson once ran RedState.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(Newser) – The prominent conservative site RedState is now poised to have a decidedly pro-Trump vibe. Parent company Salem Media on Friday purged a slew of bloggers in a "mass firing," and many of those who lost their jobs were critics of President Trump, reports CNN media writer Brian Stelter. Former editor Erick Erickson, now at the Resurgent, writes that it's not a huge surprise given that Salem similarly got rid of many anti-Trump voices at its radio properties. Both stories point out that the move wasn't entirely political. Salem wanted to cut costs; it's just that those who bore the brunt of the cuts were generally critical of the president.

"They fired everybody who was insufficiently supportive of Trump," one source tells CNN. The Daily Beast lists some of those fired writers as Caleb Howe, Jay Caruso, Ben Howe, Patrick Frey (who writes as Patterico), Neil Stevens, and Susan Wright. Caleb Howe, for one, sounded ticked about Friday's events. "There is a right way to do something and a f---ed up way," he tweeted. (Read more RedState stories.)

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