Newsweek editor Kurt Eichenwald has been making all the wrong kinds of news lately.
His social media tussle last week with Kyle Kashuv, the pro-gun survivor of February’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, made him look even more foolish than usual.
Then on Tuesday, Eichenwald made headlines in a way that was even crazier than his “tentacle porn” revelation.
The controversial writer was fired from a sideline gig at the magazine Vanity Fair without even knowing about it.
The word was first published by the website The Daily Beast, and it came after Eichenwald admitted in an email to conservative commentator Ben Shapiro that he’d sought a psychiatrist’s opinion on Kashuv.
Eichenwald wrote that this Florida teenager, whom he’d obviously never heard of before Feb. 14, was, in the opinion of a psychiatrist, in need of “psychiatric help or support.”
He also wrote that Kashuv is a “psychologically troubled kid” then – bizarrely – told Shapiro not to let Kashuv know about the exchange.
“Don’t forward this to Kyle,” Eichenwald wrote. “He does not need to know what a psychiatrist is saying about him. You have hurt him enough.”
As it turns out, Shapiro shared the emails with the entire world.
I just received this from @kurteichenwald. There are no words for how wild this email is. @VanityFair is apparently an odd place.I just received this from @kurteichenwald. There are no words for how wild this email is. @VanityFair is apparently an odd place. pic.twitter.com/Ik1bfjoKyl
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 3, 2018
As The Daily Caller’s Benny Johnson noted, Eichenwald signed his very strange email with Vanity Fair’s logo.
The messages slandering a teenage school shooting survivor as mentally deranged & admitting to having @KyleKashuv psychoanalyzed *in secret* were sent with a Vanity Fair LOGO at the bottom of the email.
I’m trying to figure out how @VanityFair defends this behavior?
This is bad pic.twitter.com/t2AEjLi7gp
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 3, 2018
In an even stranger follow-up email, Eichenwald accused Shapiro’s Twitter followers of sending him strobe light GIFs, mimicking a man who sent him a flickering light via Twitter in December 2016 that Eichenwald claimed induced an epileptic fit. (A criminal case is still pending, according to the Dallas Morning News.)
And now this. pic.twitter.com/B2HMlFQzqh
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 3, 2018
News that he’d been fired from Vanity Fair induced a fit of a different kind.
Hell of a way to find out. I have been a contributing editor – contracted freelancer – with Vanity Fair for 6 years. I live in Dallas & have not been in contact with the new editor in charge. My contract expired and was not renewed. Called my friends there – all of them gone too.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) April 3, 2018
Other Twitter users had their own kind of fit at the news:
You are literally a real life Milton from Office Space. You should delete your account and spend more time watching Tentacle Porn.
— Kolyid 🇺🇸 (@Kolyid) April 3, 2018
— Rich Drees (@RichDrees) April 3, 2018
— US Patriot For Truth (@USPatriot4Truth) April 3, 2018
If all that seems harsh, remember, Eichenwald is on the same political side as the people who are demanding that Fox News host Laura Ingraham be taken off the air for a relatively mild tweet about another Parkland survivor, David Hogg.
Now, there’s no way of knowing whether Eichenwald’s contract with Vanity Fair wasn’t renewed because of his egregious moves against Kyle Kashuv. Beyond Vanity Fair’s terse statement to the Daily Beast that “Kurt Eichenwald is not a contributing editor at Vanity Fair,” a broader statement from Vanity Fair wasn’t available late Tuesday afternoon.
And from Eichenwald’s complaint, it’s not even clear when it was not renewed.
But it’s a good bet that using the publication’s name on an email he’d sent slandering a teenager shooting survivor — and without that publication’s knowledge — wouldn’t endear him to any editor, anywhere.
For a guy who’s spent a lifetime in the news business, Eichenwald sure has been making a lot of the wrong kind lately.
That psychiatrist friend might have better things to think about than Kyle Kashuv if this keeps up.
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