MSNBC contributor Sam Seder had his contract cancelled after alt-right Mike Cernovich discovered a no doubt tasteless, obviously meant to be sarcastic tweet Seder made eight years ago. The tweet said “Don’t care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/ a great sense of mise en scene.”
There are several things happening here. First, tolerance for anything about sex and kids is now approaching zero. MSNBC may well have been genuinely repulsed by the tweet, which in the current climate is pretty much indefensible. Also, Seder was not a major player for them, so he was expendable.
Second, the internet never forgets. It matters not if the tweet was deleted. It exists in multiple archives.
Third, opposing political forces in this country now are essentially at war. Anything you say online can and will be used against you, if it can be.
Milo got destroyed by a deliberate hit campaign right before he was to make a big speech. The attack was planned and backed by considerable resources and money. It succeeded. That’s what just happened to Seder too.
As we move closer to the inevitable toppling of Trump, we can expect that such attacks will increase in number and ferocity, coming from all sides. So, get ready and be prepared. Things may well get much nastier.