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Boston Globe Column Suggests Waiters Tamper with Trump Staff Food

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An opinion piece published in the the Boston Globe has resulted in outrage on Twitter, and removal of the column. Freelance author Luke O’Neil urged waiters to tamper with the food of former DHS head, Kristjen Neilsen. O’Neil has been vocal in the past of his hatred for Republicans. In the first sentence of the column, O’Neil lamented his failure to urinate on a conservative publishers food.

“One of the biggest regrets of my life is not pissing in Bill Kristol’s salmon,” he wrote, adding. “I was waiting on the disgraced neoconservative pundit and chief Iraq War cheerleader about 10 years ago at a restaurant in Cambridge and to my eternal dismay, some combination of professionalism and pusillanimity prevented me from appropriately seasoning his entree.”

After several revisions, column finally scrapped

The Globe originally attempted to clean up the offensive elements of the piece by removing the food tampering elements. In fact, several attempts to clean up the controversial elements and republish were made before the final action was taken. Once Fox News picked up the piece, outrage on Twitter forced the Globe to scrap the piece entirely.

“The Globe Opinion page removed from our website the April 10 column by freelance writer Luke O’Neil on former homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen.,” a statement said. “The column should never have been published. Editorial protocol was not followed and the column did not receive sufficient editorial oversight. Globe Opinion is a platform for a variety of viewpoints and welcomes a range of voices to promote discussion on important topics in a productive way.” 

O’Neil also said Neilsen was “reluctant triggerman for Donald Trump’s inhumane policies of ethnic cleansing.” He called for tossing anyone involved in the Trump administration from restaurants due to their zero-tolerance enforcement of immigration policy.

O’Neil wrote that the 2016 election “was the last time I remember being proud to be an American.”  In the past, Nielsen, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and several other administration officials were forced to leave restaurants due to belligerent protests. O’Neil further stated he hoped American would become a place where Republicans were banned from dining at certain restaurants. 

After backlash on Twitter over his comments, O’Neil has made his account private. He defended h is actions by saying, “The idea that anyone would really go and piss in someone’s food because Luke O’Neil the weird freelancer said to is fucking stupid,”

Fellow authors defend O’Neil.

“As a former restaurant industry tech employee, I need to tell you: Nielsen deserves only gruel,” said writer Dan O’Sullivan. 

Film critic, Scott Tobias tweeted, “The moment the @BostonGlobe clicked “post” on @lukeoneil47‘s column, it tacitly acknowledged that the piece met its editorial standards. It’s easy to throw a writer, especially a freelance writer, under the bus for an opinion that doesn’t land. But it shows zero accountability.”

Most industry insiders weighed in against the Globe’s actions. In his own Op-Ed piece in the Washington Examiner, author Becket Adams writes, “If you publish an objectively inflammatory op-ed, you should also defend or at least explain that decision. You certainly ought to defend the author whose work you deemed good enough to distribute in the first place. At the very least, maybe publish an op-ed countering the inflammatory one.”

The Globe has yet to make further comment regarding the current employment status of O’Neil, other than to say he is not  a staff member.

Sarah Morton

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