a bad day for bad people is a good day for the rest of us https://t.co/wkcrofjfRa
— GOLIKEHELLMACHINE (@golikehellmachi) March 10, 2023
You ask me, I suspect someone showed Sugar Daddy Ahmanson the since-deleted tweet where Dreher delights at ‘watching fat Magyar men gnaw pork knuckles‘, and there was a mutual decision to yank the chain before Rod started exalting manly Magyar men slobbering sausages. Because if there was ever a man denouncing Teh Gheys in an attempt to deny his own secret yearnings… “How Rod Dreher’s Blog Got a Little “Too Weird” for The American Conservative”:
… Over the last 12 years, Dreher, whose blog at The American Conservative will post for the last time Friday, has built a cult following with some of the most bizarre diatribes in opinion journalism. He has warned that so-called sissy hypnosis porn is “profoundly evil;” detailed the “formal” Catholic exorcism of a friend’s suicidal wife; and recalled—in unsettling detail—the time he witnessed a Black classmate’s uncircumcised penis.
But one particular reader, upon reading the last of said posts, determined the blog had simply gotten too weird, according to two sources familiar with the publication. That disgruntled reader was Howard Ahmanson Jr., the heir to a California banking fortune and the sole benefactor of Dreher’s six-figure salary at TAC, which is published by American Ideas Institute, a nonprofit. This unique funding arrangement—a single donor choosing to cover one writer’s entire salary—was paired with an even more unusual editorial arrangement: Dreher was allowed to publish directly on TAC’s site without any revisions or legal oversight, according to the two sources…
Ahmanson had apparently long admired the work of Dreher, who has authored numerous conservative books and previously wrote for the Beliefnet blog and The Dallas Morning News. But according to the two sources, Ahmanson began to sour on his beneficiary in 2021, when Dreher, in a blog post debating circumcision, wrote the following: “All us boys wanted to stare at his primitive root wiener when we were at the urinal during recess, because it was monstrous. Nobody told us that wieners could look like that.” Incredibly, that was the “first red flag” for Ahmanson, one source told me, adding that the rift had been building for about a year.
Some of Dreher’s commentary on the gay and transgender communities also proved off-putting to Ahmanson, such as his lurid musings on anal sex, rectal bleeding, and the “partially rotted off” nose of a gay man who contracted monkeypox. “At some point, he basically decided, ‘This is too weird,’” the source, paraphrasing Ahmanson, explained to me. “‘I don’t want to read this or pay for this anymore.’”
And, of course, it didn’t help that the blogger, who resides in Hungary, almost caused a small geopolitical crisis last month, when he mistakenly published remarks made by Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán during a session with other friendly pundits that Dreher thought at the time was on the record. Dreher, whose stay in the country is being partially funded by a think tank with close ties to the Hungarian government, revealed Orbán’s assertions that NATO is “in a war with Russia” and that he wishes to leave the European Union, comments that ran counter to the regime’s official policies and were not meant for publication. When Dreher realized his mistake, he changed the post’s wording to suggest that Orbán had maintained his public position.
Stateside, the blog’s lack of editorial oversight has caused TAC legal headaches too. Last year, the publication settled a defamation suit out of court, per the two sources, that stemmed from a post that Dreher had written accusing a Kentucky high school student of promoting “LGBT consciousness,” bullying classmates, and “disrespecting teachers.”
As for Dreher’s future, he has said he plans to move his blog to a Substack while continuing at TAC as an editor at large and will “probably” contribute a column––this time, per the two sources, under an editor’s supervision. “I want to thank Howard and Roberta Ahmanson for their generous financial support of me at TAC for my run here,” he wrote in a Friday farewell he published after being notified of this story. Remarking that he wrote “important things” and “stupid things” during his time at TAC, Dreher closed with a nod to a post he said fit the latter category: “All you Mongoloids were the Primitive Root Wiener in my Lucky Dog, and I love you very much.”…
There’s a bunch of far-right Interlectual Dork Web opinioneers (Jordan Peterson, Bari Weis, Bret Stephens, Matt Taibbi… ) already making bank on Substack, so Dreher will no doubt do just fine there. No True Defender of Properly Conservative Values is ever allowed to fail, after all…
rip to the most divorced column in history let’s play the greatest hits https://t.co/rjDLzTdXua pic.twitter.com/EYXGWhYOzv
— kilgore trout, death to putiner (@KT_So_It_Goes) March 10, 2023
*cardinal leans over and whispers in pope’s ear* Qui scripsit de “primitive root wiener* https://t.co/Hx89OkzTmG
— Jean-Michel Connard (@torriangray) March 11, 2023
"Let me in, I am normal and can be trusted to write about penises"
— Ⓐchard of St. Victor, C.R.S.A. (@OfVick) March 10, 2023
Rod Dreher's sugar daddy pulling out the same day that the Silicon Valley Bank failed seems apropos.
— David Austin Walsh (@DavidAstinWalsh) March 11, 2023
Rod Dreher is a complete lunatic but some banking billionaire was like, yep, I want to read more of that — and boom he had a platform
— Brian Gaar (@briangaar) March 10, 2023
*googles* Howard Ah-manson Jr (I am not sure if the name is not a cosmic joke by god, links their $30 million dollar house they are selling)
Oh I see Howard is funding the Claremont Institute and the old job of Christopher Rufo (the Discovery Insitute)https://t.co/Mwsvc7Fncw
— Matthew (@Roland00Address) March 10, 2023
Reminds me of the one conversation I had with Ron Unz, a publisher of the American Conservative (and before that, infamous for successfully passing the bilingual instruction ban in Prop. 227), back when I was at Reason magazine. I'll just leave it at that. https://t.co/dyDYDXcREk
— RiShawn Biddle (@dropoutnation) March 10, 2023