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The House Cleaning Continues at The Washington Times
Posted By Heidi Beirich On January 17, 2008 @ 12:09 pm In Media Extremism, Neo-Confederate, White Supremacist | 11 Comments
Yesterday, longtime assistant national editor Robert Stacy McCain resigned  from The Washington Times. McCain was particularly close to managing editor Fran Coombs, who had assigned him to write the paper’s “Culture, Et Cetera” section.
McCain, who was once a member  of the neo-Confederate hate group League of the South , often filled these briefs with items from hate sites. A foe of interracial marriage , McCain regularly quoted  neo-Confederate activists favorably in his stories. In 2005, stories freelanced by McCain to the website of the conservative newspaper Human Events were scrubbed  after that publication’s editor, Thomas Winter, was given information by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report about McCain’s racism.
This Tuesday, Hatewatch contacted McCain for comment about the managerial changes at the Times. McCain, who then seemed upbeat, told Hatewatch that he felt that newly named executive editor John Solomon was a “stand-up guy.” McCain added, “Of course, the newsroom was shocked by the back-to-back announcements that both Wes Pruden and Fran Coombs were leaving,” and called both men “excellent newspapermen.” He especially praised Coombs — who has his own history  of ties to white supremacy — for being “the cog that turned the wheel, the straw that stirred the drink” at the Times.
But, apparently, the changes proved to be too much. In his Wednesday resignation letter, which was posted to his personal blog, McCain writes that with the exit of Pruden and Coombs, “I suppose now is as good a time as any for me to go.”
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 resigned: http://rsmccain.blogspot.com/2008/01/they-refused-to-fire-me.html
 once a member: http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=454
 League of the South: http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=250
 foe of interracial marriage: http://www.signorile.com/articles/nyp55.html
 quoted: http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=57
 scrubbed: http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=526
 history: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2007/09/27/as-criticism-mounts-washington-times-losing-key-staffers/
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