Newspaper drops George Will after his rape column

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    It was a pretty disgusting piece of work and a backlash was inevitable.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/st-louis-dispatch-drops-george-will-rape-column
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    Dude's been phoning it for years, its funny that his most nationally discussed column in probably 10 years got him dropped from a paper. Of course, when you are stupid enough to write that being raped is an exhalted status, you should probably expect some fallout.
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    What an idiot.
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    maybe there is a method to his madness
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    He's been successful enough that he shouldn't need to resort to Bianchi tactics.
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    He should stick to baseball.
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    I had respect for George Will many years ago when I read an article about his son's special needs and the efforts he made to raise awarenes. But that was when I used to watch him on "This Week with David Brinkley". Beyond that, I kind of always knew he was an idiot.
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    In the early 80's, Will was the most intellectual conservative and James J. Kilpatrick the best stylist. Now it's 2014 ,Will is fading and Kilpatrick is dead.Things do change
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    Will used to be an intellectual conservative along the lines of William F Buckley. Now he's become more like Rush Limbaugh.
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    Did any of you read the article in question? At no time and in no way did Will claim that actual rape victims were exalted or given special privilege, nor did he infer that rape was anything other than criminal. Just because he addressed an issue in a non-emotional, victim-pandering manner, he is being attacked by those who believe their own spin as opposed to an objective consideration of his point. Talk about "faux outrage."
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    read the column....disagree....but that is the left's way...disagree and silence him.
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    Oh, and Will is probably less "conservative" now than he was 30 years ago. But, since he's not all-in for liberalism, he's just as bad as Limbaugh and the other boogeymen.
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    Well, yeah

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    And called a moron no less. Now that's rich.
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    River and OBOB: proving my point isn't really a winning strategy for you on this. Instead of slicing and copying one segment of the much longer article, maybe copy over the whole thing. I konw you won't b/c a fair reading of the entire article demonstrates that what Will is accused of promoting is not actually supported by the article.

    Do you and others like you actually believe that Will thinks rape is OK or not worthy of prosecution? Is that really what you are accusing him of? Or, maybe you could re-read the entire article and discern for yourself that one point Will makes is that the PC (mis)definition of sexual assault is harmful to those victims of rape and sexual assault. Within that context, Will is also making the point that collegees and universities are not the proper fora for prosecution of criminal acts, i.e. sexual assault. If a crime was committed, by all means the police and prosecutors should be involved. The law defines the crimes and each case should be given due process. However, the left is not satisfied with that. The left wants to impose its own interpretation of what constitutes a "crime" or a "victim" of a crime without all that due process stuff getting in the way.
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    Well board policy prevents this but I have read the whole thing - the complaint is that the response to such crimes (ala highlighting it and making a big deal out of it) turns the victim into an elevated celebrity.

    Of course, the alternative is to stay quiet and then basically nothing happens.

    Where was this said?
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    Can anyone really see fault in raising awareness of the realities of sexual assault on college campuses? I mean other than Will?
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    Right. After you claim that Will didn't say victims get a coveted status, imagine us posting the part of the column where Will says victims get a coveted status.
    I mean, it's just not fair, right?
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    You are leaving out the discussion about who/what constitutes "victim." Which was kinda the main point of the article. If any "victim" of a "micro-agression" is the same as a victim of actual crime . . . . does that clear up the issue for you? Can't the left simply engage the debate Will raises regarding PC influence and pressure on campuses without contorting the discussion to an attack that Will doesn't care about sexual assaults?
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