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Why Do White Nationalist Writers Have a Home at Marketwatch?

In the past week, not one but two writers, Robert Weissberg and John Derbyshire, were fired from the conservative magazine National Review for being overtly racist. The former was canned for participating in a white supremacist conference in Tennessee, while the latter got axed for penning a column that, among other choice nuggets of wisdom, advised white young adults, “If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date.”

The very public sackings turned into a feel good story for most of the non-racist world, and led The Atlantic to boast that “people who make a living off being racist…are [an] endangered species.”

But are they? Marketwatch, owned by Dow Jones, employs not one, but two contributors to the white nationalist site VDare. And neither seems to be in danger of losing their jobs. The first is Peter Brimelow, the editor of VDare who we’ve written about on this site before. Brimelow was fired from the NR in 1998 for his racist views. But that didn’t stop him from becoming a financial correspondent for Marketwatch–all-the-while he continuing his white nationalist propaganda on VDare.

Brimelow isn’t the only VDare contributor writing for Marketwatch. He’s joined by economic consultant Edwin Rubenstein, who also moonlights as an analyst for the National Policy Institute–an organization that aspires to “elevate the consciousness of whites, ensure our biological and cultural continuity, and protect our civil rights.”

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Why Is a White Nationalist Writing for MarketWatch?

LA Observed’s Mark Lacter asks a good question: What exactly is Peter Brimelow, editor of the white nationalist site VDare, doing writing for the Dow Jones-owned financial site MarketWatch? The issue arose after Brimelow was invited to speak at the most recent CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) gathering in DC. The increased attention drove both Lacter and Business Insider to question Dow Jones about its relationship with Brimelow (who, incidentally, was born in England, has an accent, and seems to find no irony in his anti-immigrant leanings). Neither heard back.

Brimelow was the editor of Forbes for a number of years. So it’s not like he appeared at MarketWach out of the blue from a Minuteman rally. Still, think how many journalists lost their jobs for just expressing an overt opinion on Occupy Wall Street. No way someone with such open prejudices should be anywhere near an outfit run by an entity as mainstream as Dow Jones.