Ta-Nehisi Coates Praises Kevin Williamson During Closed-Door Atlantic Meeting: ‘Kick-Ass Writer’

A leaked transcript from a private staff meeting at The Atlantic shows the magazine’s standout correspondent, Ta-Nehisi Coates, strongly praised Kevin Williamson, the notorious conservative writer who was hired then fired within two weeks.

The meeting took place on April 6, one day after his dismissal, and the transcript was obtained by The Huffington Post.

Coates, discussing the shakeup with Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg during a Q and A session before a room full of staffers,...

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