“I was a Right-Wing Child Star”
No, this isn’t the title of a bad science fiction movie. It’s the title of this article written by Jonathan Krohn.
Four years ago, Jonathan Krohn was a 13-year-old prodigy who gave a speech at the annual CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) gathering. He instantly became the Great White Hope for the Far Right.
Now, four years later, he’s renounced his rightwing views. And according to the Rightwing Noise Machine, he’s mutated from the Great White Hope to Benedict Arnold. In his own words:
“My involvement at such a young age happened for manifold reasons: I always enjoyed writing (I had gotten my first paid writing gig when I was 9), I enjoyed politics (or at least the theory of politics), and I grew up in Georgia, where conservative ideologues dominated the radio and the populace. Mix those things with the naïveté of a kid and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a fresh, right-wing pundit...”
“I felt justified in my beliefs if for no other reason than no one actually told me I was wrong. Instead, men like Bill Bennett and Newt Gingrich hailed me as the voice for my generation and a hope for America.”
Then last week an interview was published, in which Jonathan Krohn declared he was no longer a conservative. And the rightwing media, particularly the Daily Caller, went ballistic. Regarding the rightwing hissy-fitters, Krohn says:
“These are not adults leveling serious criticism; these are scorned right-wingers showing all the maturity of a little boy. No wonder I fit in so well when I was 13.”