Nobody forced John Kass, formerly the Chicago Tribune’s page 2 columnist (the “Mike Royko spot”) to run a column about his anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about George Soros.
Certainly even Kass is aware that the billionaire progressive Soros is used by the far-right and anti-Semites as a code for Jew.
The reaction was swift.
The Tribune Newspaper Guild issued a letter of condemnation.
The editors took away his page 2 spot.
He still has his job, however.
Kass is technically management and not a member of the Guild.
Poor John Kass now cries that he is a victim of Cancel Culture.
Cancel Culture a new term for me.
In checking on it I learned that a bunch of liberal intellectuals signed a letter a few weeks ago condemning Cancel Culture and had it published in Harper’s magazine.
To me it seems that the term Cancel Culture has replaced the pejorative use of the term, Political Correctness as cover for defending bigoted speech.
Someone uses sexist language in my presence and I object.
“You’re just being politically correct.”
A racist joke?
Object to that and your objection is dismissed as being politically correct.
So, now it’s Cancel Culture.
Gregory Pratt is a great reporter for the Trib and a leader in the Guild.
The real problem is Kass wasn’t cancelled.