This week, it seems that the Hegelian lefties can’t understand how the idea of being a freelance writer and journalist works. You know, what most people who don’t have a home base of writing like The Atlantic. Oh, wait. Like this website, except we haven’t put up a Patreon or Maker Support link yet. However, some folks need to be re-educated about freelance journalism.
@EthanVanSciver For your awareness, the writer in question is not an employee of The Atlantic, nor is he on assignment for The Atlantic. Thank you.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) January 30, 2018
This is the tweet from Jeffrey Goldberg. Jeffrey has to put out this tweet as an apology to Ethan van Sciver. It seems he has a freelancer that’s occasionally hired by The Atlantic. It talks about how Asher Elbein used his status as a reporter/freelancer from The Atlantic to inflate a possible hit piece to the degree of the piece about C.B. Cebulski. That piece was ripped apart by most of the actual community of writers, to be honest.
Kieran Shiach ended up throwing out a very flippant tweet towards Mr. Goldberg that probably ensures he’ll never be hired by The Atlantic.
Outstanding job throwing a freelancer under the bus, Geoff.
— Kieran Shiach (@KingImpulse) January 30, 2018
As you can see, this was a tweet in response to Mr. Goldberg. Let’s face facts, reader. Mr. Elbein acted unprofessionally by using the name of The Atlantic to virtue signal his upcoming piece. This is a huge no in the industry. If you’re working on a piece for a major publication, they want you to keep your mouth shut. This is to keep from getting scooped. If you’re creating a hit piece, the companies will review the entire piece repeatedly. This is to prevent something that Kieran does on a daily basis: Slander and libel.
Which both are hard to truly prove in a court of law, but Ethan van Sciver did threaten a lawsuit against The Atlantic if they acknowledge the piece. That’s not throwing a freelancer under the bus, Kieran. That’s good business. If it were a staff writer for his publication, Goldberg would have that reporter in his office and suspended for the week/month. The writer is a repeat offender, then Goldberg would fire that staff writer.
The rule for freelancers: If a freelancer is more trouble than he/she is worth, then no more assignments. That means the particular paper wouldn’t bring them back for a while. They may not bring that reporter back for a while. They may end up not using that reporter ever again. It’s no loss for a company, honestly. If the company deems you as a constant troublemaker, they will talk to other publications. (Even their rival publications.)
— rosie knight (@RosieMarx) January 30, 2018
Actually, Rosie. It wasn’t a false threat. Ethan had a credible complaint. Including the fact that Asher blocked Ethan, later retracting it as a mistake. No, the van Schiver estate would have had an open and shut libel lawsuit if he produced the article. But I don’t expect a Communist LARPer to understand how laws work.
The Atlantic would have settled the case, because cases like this would be a black eye on their brand. Even though the publication is pretty Liberal leaning, they also want to keep their backers happy. Asher Elbein will probably still write his story. He has a right, too.
It just won’t be in the Atlantic. And his services there may no longer be required.