Luke O’Neil, who is proud to call himself an “official member of the mainstream media,” had an op-ed published Wednesday by the Boston Globe in which he goaded America’s food preparers and servers to criminally tamper with the food of “bad guys.”
Of course, he was referring to conservatives as the targets.
The focus of his article was former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, but his threatening rant extended to pretty much anyone at a table, apparently, who a server found objectionable.
Does the First Amendment cover this kind of menace from a writer and from a major newspaper? Compared to the kinds of harmless conservative views that get people permanently banned from various media these days, it’s nothing short of alarming.
Red State did a few screen captures of the published O’Neil screed before the Globe did some editing to the piece … but only after an onslaught of objections from the public. How the editorial was not simply pulled from the site and the guy fired is a head-scratcher.
Referring to his days as a waiter, the writer started off with:
“One of the biggest regrets of my life is not pissing in Bill Kristol’s salmon. 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. A ramekin of blood on the side might have been the better option, some to think of it. He always did seem real thirsty for the stuff.”
It all goes downhill from there. He offered his expert views on the outrage he drew from Nielsen’s tenure in the Trump administration and strongly suggested that she should be driven out of restaurants, shouting at her that she is a murderer.
He urged wait staffs across America to do what he failed to do …
“Invariably the bad guys, like the rest of us, will have to eat. And when they show up in our restaurants, you have my permission, as an official member of the mainstream media, to tell them where to go and what they can do with themselves when they arrive there, but, you know, said in a more specific and traditional Boston colloquialism.
“As for the waiters out there, I’m not saying you should tamper with anyone’s food, as that could get you into trouble. You might lose your serving job. But you’d be serving America. And you won’t have any regrets years later.”
Currently, the Boston Globe has an updated version of O’Neil’s rant titled, Keep Kirstjen Nielsen unemployed and eating Grubhub over her kitchen sink with the following caveat:
Editor’s note: A version of this column as originally published did not meet Globe standards and has been changed. The Globe regrets the previous tone of the piece.
O’Neil has had bylines in the Guardian and the New York Times among other places.
When one has the madness like this, it is not going to be a secret, and O’Neil has of course been found espousing other crazy views. On Monday he in New York Magazine wrote that Fox News destroys families. He has also been caught tweeting to various individuals that he hopes they die by gunfire.
Oh hey, it’s this guy again. pic.twitter.com/IJitT0Br8o
— neontaster (@neontaster) April 10, 2019
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