I want people to know some things.
#1. There was no profanity in my original Playboy story for Politics Daily, although this was the reason given for its deletion. I embellished the reasoning when republishing it to shield my employer from criticism.
#2. My work for AOL has been consistently of high quality, and my role has been as much straight journalist as commentator.
#3. My work has driven the overwhelming share of AOL’s external traffic for the past year or so.
#4. Up until the minute I was fired, Politics Daily’s editorial staff was working actively to expand my role with the site, not end it.
I can’t say exactly why this happened, as none of the shifting rationales (publicly) given for my firing make any sense.