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Jack Stuef, Author of Offensive Post on Trig Palin, Leaves Wonkette

One month ago, Jack Stuef, an editor of Wonkette, became notorious for writing a post where he mocked Sarah Palin‘s toddler son Trig. Wrote Stuef (among other things): “What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.” Trig Palin has Down syndrome.

People were, rightfully, enraged, and not just conservative bloggers. It was a bipartisan sort of fury. First Stuef issued an apology. And Wonkette editor Ken Layne told David Weigel at Slate that he had placed Stuef on probation. But when nine advertisers began boycotting Wonkette, the website pulled the post.

We wonder if this was when Stuef began thinking of leaving Wonkette. In any event, last week he wrote a goodbye post, where he offered a sincere look at what it’s like to be a 22-year-old blogger who has to work every day in the space between provocative and offensive, and how sometimes one can slip up.

At times, especially when I’m tired and have to somehow hit eight posts when there’s no real news happening, I’ve broken some of my own. I don’t like to make easy jokes. But I have. Kind of often. A few times I’ve made fun of people who really didn’t deserve it, and when it was pointed out to me, I apologized. This sort of thing happens, even when you make a point of trying to stay true to yourself as much as you can, because you’re human. Overall, though, out of all the 1,642 posts and countless thousands of jokes I’ve written here, I can say I’m proud of most of them.

As bloggers, FishbowlNY can’t help but see where Stuef is coming from, even if we never condoned his Trig post. We wish him the best.

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Wonkette Pulls Post Mocking Trig Palin after Advertisers Boycott Site

On Monday, Jack Stuef at Wonkette wrote a post where he poked fun at a poem that had been posted by “Team Sarah” for Sarah Palin‘s son Trig Palin’s birthday, with the refrain: “Oh little boy, what are you dreaming about?”

Stuef wrote: “What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.” Trig Palin has Down syndrome.

We don’t quite know where to begin with that one. Wonkette is known to be a colorful, biting blog, but we can’t imagine what the author, editor, or anyone part of the Wonkette crew who saw it go up on the site was thinking. Picking on a child with special needs, no matter what your intentions, is one sure-fire way to become universally reviled.

And retribution was swift. The post went wide among conservative blogs, and in about 36 hours, a campaign led by Big Journalism editor-in-chief Dana Loesch and Big Government writer Derek Hunter resulted in nine advertisers dropping Wonkette, including Papa Johns, Huggies, the Vanguard Group, Holland America Cruises, Nordstrom, Bob Evans Farms, Reliant Energy, DealSwarm, and Coldwell Banker. Whoa!

Wonkette editor Ken Layne told David Weigel at Slate that he had placed Stuef on probation, and Stuef himself put up the following apology:

UPDATE: I regret this post and using the word “retarded” in a reference to Sarah Palin’s child. It’s not nice, and is not necessary, but I take responsibility for writing it. For those who came and are offended by this post: I’m sorry, of course. But I stand by my criticism of Sarah Palin using her child as a political prop.

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