De­spite loss of book deal, job, Yiannopou­los com­mit­ted to speak­ing out

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY ERIC ALTHOFF

Just be­cause Milo Yiannopou­los apol­o­gized doesn’t mean he’s sorry. In fact, he be­lieves it was just a mat­ter of time be­fore his en­e­mies found a way to si­lence him.

The Bri­tish-born fire­brand, au­thor and alt-right fig­ure was fired from Bre­it­bart News af­ter video sur­faced this spring in which he in­ti­mated that sex­ual re­la­tion­ships be­tween men and boys are ac­cept­able. Si­mon & Schus­ter pulled the plug on his book “Dan­ger­ous,” and his in­vi­ta­tion to the Conser- va­tive Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Con- fer­ence was re­scinded.

He in­sisted his words were de­liv­ered off-the-cuff dur­ing the height of ex­haus­tion. More than that, he be­lieves it was sim­ply the op­por­tu­nity his op­po­nents had waited for.

“The or­ches­trated me­dia and po­lit­i­cal smear job on me was sur­pris­ing in its swift­ness, but I knew it was com­ing,” Mr. Yiannopou­los said in an email to The Wash­ing­ton Times. “What it did was merely speed up plans that were al­ready in devel­op­ment.”

Mr. Yiannopou­los founded his own book im­print and on July 4 pub­lished “Dan­ger­ous” him­self. It im­me­di­ately went to the top of Ama­zon’s charts. The book now con­tains ma­te­rial de­tail­ing his part­ing from Bre­it­bart. It picks up with Mr. Yiannopou­los’ con­tin­ued as­saults on his fa­vored tar­gets: Mus­lims, “ugly women,” fem­i­nists and the “fake news” me­dia — with a help­ing of scorn for Si­mon & Schus­ter thrown in.

“Amer­i­cans do not trust the me­dia be­cause the lies are too plain,” Mr. Yiannopou­los said, cit­ing the “anony­mous sources” used in sto­ries about Pres­i­dent Trump’s al­leged Rus­sia col­lu­sion.

He be­lieves the me­dia works tire­lessly “at ev­ery stage to de­feat Trump and [is] quite bla­tant about it. It’s one of the rea­sons Trump won the elec­tion.

“The press con­ve­niently seems to omit any good news or, more im­por­tantly, news that proves Trump cor­rect,” he said. “We fight fake news by ex­pos­ing it and lam­bast­ing its per­pe­tra­tors.”

Mr. Yiannopou­los has con­tin­ued cast­ing as­per­sions on the me­dia even as he has used it to pro­mote “Dan­ger­ous.” He was in­ter­viewed by NPR af­fil­i­ate WNPR in New York on July 10, but the in­ter­view did not air. WNPR claimed it would air July 24, but Mr. Yiannopou­los, who re­leased au­dio of the in­ter­view him­self, had a dif­fer­ent ex­pla­na­tion.

“NPR is the pro­pa­ganda arm of a gov­ern­ment no longer in power,” he said. “How sad. They wouldn’t air my in­ter­view be­cause I was per­fectly sen­si­ble and made log­i­cal, co­gent re­marks. That makes bad pro­pa­ganda for the re­sis­tance, such as it is.”

Be­fore his sev­er­ance from Bre­it­bart, a planned ap­pear­ance at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley in Fe­bru­ary was scrapped fol­low­ing vi­o­lent protests. Sim­i­lar protests led to the scrub­bing of ap­pear­ances by other con­ser­va­tive fig­ures like Ann Coul­ter.

“De­spite what The New York Times would have you be­lieve, free speech is not vi­o­lence. Vi­o­lence is what the left has re­sorted to em­ploy­ing in sit­u­a­tions where they can­not con­trol the speech of the right,” he said of the Berke­ley ri­ot­ing. “For decades, they’ve owned academia and the me­dia. Now that con­ser­va­tives are speak­ing up, left­ists don’t have the abil­ity to shut them up with­out set­ting fires or swing­ing weapons.”

He re­jects the no­tion that as so­ci­ety changes, so do cer­tain terms it once con­sid­ered ac­cept­able. When asked about us­ing words such as “crip­pled” or “re­tarded,” Mr. Yiannopou­los’ suc­cinct re­sponse is typ­i­cally brash: “That ar­gu­ment is re­tarded.”

“I re­ject com­pletely that curb­ing free speech is a phe­nom­e­non of so­ci­ety, and it must never be,” he said, “be­cause what it pro­duces are thin-skinned killjoys who lack the ca­pac­ity to think crit­i­cally, de­bate and even al­low dif­fer­ing view­points to ex­ist.”

How­ever, he also said that a cul­ture in which no of­fense is ever taken by speech is nei­ther pos­si­ble nor de­sirous.

“We must learn proper re­sponses when we take of­fense,” he said, ad­ding that it is ul­ti­mately the con­sumer who has the power to “change the chan­nel or turn off the video.”

Mr. Yiannopou­los said that, un­like com­men­ta­tors on the left, he is un­afraid of con­fronting dif­fer­ing view­points. This was one rea­son he ac­cepted Bill Ma­her’s in­vi­ta­tion to his HBO chat fest “Real Time With Bill Ma­her” on Feb. 17.

“Bill Ma­her is chal­leng­ing but also smart and, in his own way, fair,” he said. “I was both pleased by the pos­i­tive re­ac­tion of the au­di­ence and the petu­lant cry­ba­bies on the panel telling me to shut up.”


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