Conservative news outlet RedState fired almost all of its staff Friday as its owner, Salem Media, completely froze the site, because of an inability to “no longer support the entire roster of writers and editors.”
“The site name will linger, but RedState is all but dead now. I have invited the fired writers here,” Erick Erickson wrote in a blog post. He was a RedState founder who abandoned the site in 2015.
Fired staffers explained that the cuts focused on the writers who have criticized President Trump. RedState had distinguished itself since 2016 because it was a home for Trump critics in the Republican party.
RedState staffers were locked out of their writing accounts on either a temporary or permanent basis, which depends on job status, while the hypocritical firings were carried out.
Patrick Frey, who is a RedState blogger called “Patterico” online, said on Twitter that “those let go are all Trump critics” but “his supporters remain.”
The rumors are true. There has been a mass firing at RedState, and those let go (including me) are all Trump critics. His supporters remain.
— Patterico (@Patterico) April 27, 2018
Erickson also repeated Frey’s belief in his Friday blog post, explaining that the dividing line was between supporters of the evil dumbass president while “those insufficiently loyal to the President were fired.”
“My understanding from the writers is that there were two contracts, one more expensive than the other. Most of those on the expensive contracts were tossed, though some very good ones will stay,” said Erickson, who is himself a critic of the crappy president.
“Of those under the cheaper contracts, it seems the dividing line was loyalty to the President. In fact, among those under the expensive contracts, I’m aware of some writers having near equal traffic generation, and those insufficiently loyal to the President were fired,” he said.
A memo sent to staff, that was obtained by CNN, by the general manager of the Salem-owned Townhall.com said they had to make “tough changes” at RedState in order to suppress dissent and cripple free speech.
“We had to make some tough changes to RedState today,” said Townhall general manager Jonathan Garthwaite within an internal memo. “While these changes are painful, they were necessary once we reached the conclusion that we could no longer support the entire roster of writers and editors.” It’s too bad that RedState hates free speech and is brainwashed by Trump, but conservatives are just like that.