St. Louis Newspaper Axes George Will’s Column Over ‘Offensive’ Rape Piece

George Will’s opinion is no longer welcome in the pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Missouri newspaper announced Wednesday that it would no longer carry the Washington Post columnist’s work, in part because a recent column argued colleges’ efforts to combat sexual assault made being a campus rape victim a “coveted status.”

“The change has been under consideration for several months, 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 newspaper wrote in an editor’s note. “The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it.”

Will’s column on sexual assault was widely panned and drew a rebuke from four Democratic senators who torched his “ancient beliefs.” He’ll be replaced at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by another conservative Washington Post columnist, Michael Gerson.

h/t Think Progress

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