- The Washington Times
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro mocked people “losing their s—t” Thursday after Politico allowed him to guest-edit the most recent edition of its Playbook newsletter.

“People losing their s*** over me writing @politico Playbook this morning are pretty much proving my point,” Mr. Shapirotweeted. “So keep at it guys, you’re doing great!”

Politico faced a backlash after Mr. Shapiro presented his conservative viewpoint in Thursday morning’s newsletter, titled, “The real reason most Republicans opposed impeachment.”

“Opposition to impeachment comes from a deep and abiding conservative belief that members of the opposing political tribe want their destruction, not simply to punish Trump for his behavior,” Mr. Shapiro argued in the newsletter. “Republicans believe that Democrats and the overwhelmingly liberal media see impeachment as an attempt to cudgel them collectively by lumping them in with the Capitol rioters thanks to their support for Trump.”

Twitter users slammed Politico for giving Mr. Shapiro a voice, accusing The Daily Wire co-founder of minimizing the deadly riot last week at the U.S. Capitol.

Politico issued a statement Thursday defending its decision to include Mr. Shapiro

“We have taken great care to assemble a roster of guest authors who are prominent thinkers and writers and represent a range of perspectives,” the company said. “What sets Politico apart in this intense political and media moment is that we rise above partisanship and ideological warfare — even as many seek to drag us into it. It’s a core value of the publication that is unchangeable, and that above all protects our ability to do independent journalism. It’s a part of our mission.”

The Daily Beast had reported earlier that several Politico staffers took issue with Mr. Shapiro penning the newsletter on the company-wide Slack channel.

“We published a piece by a very prominent writer, provocateur, and podcaster. We stand by every word in there, it was very closely edited,” Editor-in-Chief Matt Kaminski told staffers during a previously scheduled meeting on diversity and inclusion, The Daily Beast reported.

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