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EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Williamson Rejoins National Review

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Joe Simonson Media Reporter

Kevin Williamson has been rehired at National Review as a staff writer, an individual familiar with the decision told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The decision comes after Williamson found himself without a full-time job after he losing his position at The Atlantic in April after uproar over previous comments he made regarding his position on abortion.

Williamson had only written one article for the magazine before its editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg reversed his decision and severed ties.

“I have come to the conclusion,” Goldberg wrote in a memo to staff, “that The Atlantic is not the best fit for his talents, and so we are parting ways.”

The Atlantic’s decision became a microcosm of a broader debate in media over what opinions are considered acceptable enough for print and whether a double standard exists for conservative writers.

Since his firing, Williamson had freelanced for a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and even his old home National Review.

TheDCNF previously reported in May that Williamson was scheduled to be featured in an upcoming print edition of National Review, signaling a possible return. (RELATED: Exclusive: Kevin Williamson Slated To Be In Upcoming Issue Of National Review)

On Monday, Williamson’s byline on a blog published at National Review Online showed his old title of “roving correspondent” had been restored.

An editor at National Review did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment.

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