St. Louis Post Dispatch drops George Will following sexual assault column
The readers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch were informed yesterday that the newspaper would be dropping the syndicated column from George Will and replacing him with another conservative columnist Michael Gerson. The move comes after Will wrote a controversial column where Will wrote that rape victims are given “a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate” at universities.
The widely condemned column drew over 2,600 comments on the website of The Washington Post.
“The change has been under consideration for several months,” Tony Messenger wrote informing Post-Dispatch readers, “but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it.”
The editor’s note did not allow for reader comments, and the post did not link back to the original George Will column.
Gerson, who will replace Will at the newspaper, served as speechwriter for Republican presidential candidates Jack Kemp and Bob Dole, and is a former senior editor at U.S. News & World Report.