A conservative author who made headlines after calling for anti-gay states to secede and form a new country has been fired by his paper claims a new report.
Douglas MacKinnon's bio at Simon and Schuster,Â his book publisher, says he was a speechwriter for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and served "in a joint command at the Pentagon, where he had a top secret government clearance." Â
"He is a regular contributor to several major newspapers. To date, he has published more than 600 columns in every major paper in the country," it adds.
According to a report at Creative Loafing, "the third largest newspaper in the Tampa Bay area,"Â MacKinnon may have to narrow thatÂ contributor claim a bit.
Douglas MacKinnon, one of the most conservative and controversial columnists to grace the pages of a Tampa Bay daily newspaper in many a year, has been fired from the Tampa Tribune, sources tell CL.
The Trib isn't saying anything officially. Metro Editor Dennis Joyce told CL that "It's a personnel matter," and refused to confirm or deny MacKinnon's firing. But his name and work have been scrubbed off the paper's website.
In all probability it's because of the embarrassment to the paper.
Just last week,Â The New Civil Rights Movement reportedÂ MacKinnon "is urging the south to secede and form a new country called Reagan, where seldom is heard, a liberal word, and nothing about it is gay."
MacKinnon has written a new book, The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country . . . Now, in which he sets out his plan for a new country he's tentatively calling "Reagan" after you-know-who. He calls for South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (take back the mouse!) to secede, but here's a surprise; he doesn't want Texas.Â
You can listen to audio of MacKinnon talking about his new country and how the world has been "turned upside-down" by the gays.
McKinnon predicted he might be creating trouble.
"Exactly because of the controversial nature of this book," he wrote at the conservative TownHall, "I very well may pay a professional or even personal price for writing it."
But lest we have no empathy for MacKinnon, CL adds one newsroom source "told us that MacKinnon was shunned by other reporters, often sitting by himself when he ate his lunch."
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