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Would You Hire @ChloeAngyal? (With Extra Special Bonus Schadenfreude)

Posted on | January 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Would You Hire @ChloeAngyal? (With Extra Special Bonus Schadenfreude)


Following up on Friday’s post (“‘Learn to Code’ and the Collapse of the Millennial SJW Clickbait Bubble”), we come to the case of now-unemployed Huffington Post deputy opinion editor Chloe Angyal. Professor Reynolds reminds us of the fact that after Dr. Angyal undertook this job, she focused on increasing “diversity” in HuffPo’s opinion columns by the most obvious means: Quotas.

In March 2018, Dr. Angyal boasted of her success in reducing the number of white males writing for Huffington Post:

The Huffington Post deputy opinion editor shared her publication’s policy for promoting minority writers, yet creating a quota-like system based on race or gender could violate U.S. discrimination laws.
In a series of tweets [March 14], HuffPost editor Chloe Angyal discussed the racial makeup of the news website’s opinion columnists for the month.

“Month two of @HuffPost Opinion is almost done. This month we published: 63% women, inc. trans women; 53% writers of colour.”

One tweet seems to disclose a kind of quota system at the opinion section, with Angyal discussing her “goals” for the racial and gender composition of contributors.

“Our goals for this month were: less than 50% white authors (check!), Asian representation that matches or exceeds the US population (check!), more trans and non-binary authors (check, but I want to do better).” . . .

As Angyal admits, she tracks the race and gender identity of contributors at the beginning of each week so she “doesn’t lose track” of meeting the diversity goals.

“I check our numbers at the end of every week, because it’s easy to lose track or imagine you’re doing better than you really are, and the numbers don’t lie.”

As the Daily Caller’s Joe Simonson noted at the time, this kind of “diversity” policy — a focus on “numbers” as “goals,” which could be interpreted as systematic discrimination — actually violates Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, as well as the state law in New York, which is where Huffington Post is officially headquartered.

Of course, Dr. Angyal’s “diversity” policy, while achieving its goal of eliminating opportunities for white male writers, did nothing to increase the diversity of ideas at HuffPo — quite the opposite. During her tenure, Huffington Post became even more of a monolith of left-wing opinion than it had previously been. Did she have “goals” for, say, pro-life Christians? Or libertarian writers? Did she check the “numbers” to ensure an adequate “representation” of pro-Trump opinions? Don’t be absurd! No libertarians or Trump supporters were ever published under Dr. Angyal’s tenure, and the opinion columns at Huffington Post remained fanatically pro-abortion, anti-Christian and, frankly, anti-American.

Oh, did I forget to mention that Chloe Angyal is a foreigner?

She’s from Sydney, Australia, and in 2014 got a Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales with a dissertation entitled “Gender, Sex, and Power in the Postfeminist Romantic Comedy.” So here we have an immigrant intellectual obsessed with “Gender, Sex, and Power” who has, by her own admission, enforced discriminatory policies that violate U.S. civil rights laws and, while I’m not saying President Trump should send ICE agents to arrest Chloe Angyal and ship her back to Australia, I’m not surprised that she’s unemployed. And I’m pretty sure foreigners don’t qualify for unemployment checks, food stamps, or other benefits.


On Dec. 5, 2014, when Chloe Angyal was a columnist at Feministing, she appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show to discuss Rolling Stone’s recently published article “A Rape on Campus.” As everyone would eventually learn, Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s account of a teenage girl being violently gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity was a complete hoax, perpetrated by an emotionally disturbed student named Jackie Coakley who had invented a make-believe boyfriend (“Haven Monahan”) and then cast him as the villain in her imaginary rape in an apparent effort to gain sympathy from Ryan Duffin, a classmate on whom Coakley had a secret crush. Eventually, Rolling Stone was forced to pay millions of dollars to settle lawsuits filed by those they had defamed by publishing this false story, but on Dec. 5, 2014, when Chloe Angyal appeared as a panelist on MSNBC, the problems with this story were only beginning to become apparent. And guess who else was on the MSNBC panel that day? C’mon, guess.


Sabrina Rubin Erdely was the guest of honor on that program, and Chloe Angyal went out of her way to heap praise on Ms. Erdely:

“I have to thank you, Sabrina, for writing this. I think you’ve done a tremendous act of public service, and I’m genuinely very, very grateful. It is hard to read an article like this and avoid the conclusion that we live in a culture that hates women, just hates us. It’s hard to read an article like this and conclude that the men in this culture, the boys and men in this culture, are raised to see women as not just less than them but in some cases as less than human. But one thing really stood out to me, which is the statistic about how boys and men in frats are three times more likely to commit sexual violence. . . . This is not just about party schools. And it would be at our peril to pretend that this is just a frat problem. Yes, it at frats and football teams, but it also happens on the chess team and in dance companies. This is not just a frat problem. This is an American problem.”


So, yeah, I’m really sorry you lost your job, and I hope when the ICE agents show up, they treat you with the kindness you deserve.

UPDATE: James Woods is kind of harsh:

(Hat-tip: Evi L. Bloggerlady.)




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