Andrew J. Bowen is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also reportedly very close to getting a job in the Trump administration.
There is only one problem – he wrote quite a few anti-Trump, pro-Hillary columns for Arab News.
According to Mother Jones, he called Donald Trump "boorish and predatory" and accused him of "whipping [up] xenophobia and anti-Muslim sentiments".
So Bowden asked Arab News to remove those pieces.
Instead, they published this letter:
Arab News regrettably announces that it will discontinue publishing articles by US columnist Andrew Bowen.
The reason behind this decision is the columnist insisting that this newspaper deletes previous articles dating back prior to the recent US election where he was in favor of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Bowen, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has repeatedly requested the removal of these articles stating that this is needed for him “to be cleared” for what he claims to be a possible job with the new Donald Trump administration’s State Department.
Mr. Bowen also insinuated — verbally and in writing — that he will seek the support of influential friends and contacts to help remove the articles.
Arab News possesses all correspondence relating to this matter and its position is that such a request is unprofessional journalistically, particularly given that there were no factual errors or libelous comments that require a redaction or correction.
We wish Mr. Bowen the best of luck in his job application.
Now however, the links to that letter and his previous columns appear to be dead.