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  • Report: Conservative Who Called For Secession, New Anti-Gay Country Named Reagan Gets Fired

    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, 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."  

    "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," MacKinnon may have to narrow that 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, The New Civil Rights Movement reported 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. 

    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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    • commented 2014-10-28 08:13:12 -0400
      ‘CL adds one newsroom source “told us that MacKinnon was shunned by other reporters, often sitting by himself when he ate his lunch.”’

      Which leads me to believe that he’s as unpleasant in real life as he is in print.

    • commented 2014-10-28 06:46:57 -0400
      I have no sympathy for seditious people. In any other nation in the world , this man would be tried for sedition and there’s no doubt about the outcome of the trial. The sentence should be the full 20 years as stated in the Constitution.

      This idea of secession was settled in the Civil War. No state may claim secession rights based on the 10th Amendment. The fact is extensive and comprehensive states rights don’t exist in the Constitution.

    • commented 2014-10-27 20:38:19 -0400
      He’ll be a contributing correspondent at Fox News within a week, That’s , of course, after they martyr him.

    • commented 2014-10-27 19:34:12 -0400
      I wonder what will happen to me? I have called for KICKING OUT southern Appalachia and part of the Gulf Coast out of the U.S.A., declare it a “White Christian Homeland” and give them complete autonomy but no representation in Congress, as a way to greatly improve the intellectual and moral tone of the U.S.A.

    • commented 2014-10-27 19:14:40 -0400
      To attempt to turn back progress is equal to attempting to turn back a tidal wave. A thought—but one in ignorance. MacKinnon may have had illusions of being another Coulter, but reviewing their screeds it is difficult to understand how anyone could think that either were wordsmiths or had any idea of reality. Hate, however, sells as it buttressed religions for thousands of years when the officiants of the sects set fire to those who left it or refused to join and were labeled apostates. I am sure there is some press somewhere who wants money more than intellectual honesty and will feed and hire MacKinnon to achieve both. The art and talent of true journalism is the victim and people the poorer.

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