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Fired Des Moines Register reporter blames “right-wing ideologues,” likens backlash to oppression faced by women, minorities

The reporter fired earlier this week by the Des Moines Register said he feels abandoned by the outlet and attacked by “right-wing ideologues.”

Aaron Calvin was fired from the Iowa paper after his profile on Carson King, a 24-year-old who raised more than $1 million for a children’s hospital, was criticized for including racist tweets from then-16-year-old King, who said he was remorseful for the tweets.

Calvin’s own old, inappropriate tweets reached the spotlight as those condemning the article delved into the reporter’s social media. Critics said Calvin was hypocritical for his treatment of King.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Calvin expressed frustration, saying he felt “abandoned” by the Register.

“I recognize that I’m not the first person to be doxxed like this — this whole campaign was taken up by right-wing ideologues and largely driven by that force,” Calvin told Buzzfeed. “It was just a taste of what I assume that women and journalists of color suffer all the time, but the kind of locality and regional virality of the story made it so intense.”