This story came to life a few days ago, via Wonkette, but I ignored it. ICN’s policy is that it doesn’t get into the private lives/off hours activities of talent when it’s not of an official nature (as in a profile or interview), particularly when it gets into the realm of “he said/she said” or in this case “he said/he said” and you don’t know for sure where the truth lies. And this is not the first time Carlson has been the subject of a blog entry which escalated to another level. ICN was tipped almost a year ago to another incident which I chose not to blog about for the same reason.
However, because Korin Miller in The Washington Post’s Name & Faces has interviewed Carlson about the incident, the situation has changed and I will now blog about it because Carlson chose to go on the record.
Williamson said he agreed to remove the blog post and did so later that night: “All I remember thinking was I was worried about what this guy was going to do.” He consulted a lawyer friend and was told he had probably not broken any laws. “What I said was pretty juvenile, I’ll admit,” he said.
In a phone interview Thursday, Carlson acknowledged that he approached Williamson in the store and said he was “very aggressive” because he wanted the post removed: “I don’t like to call the police or call his boss. . . . I’m a libertarian. I’m not into that.”
On Monday, Williamson said, his Potomac Video manager called and fired him. Williamson said he was told the company was threatened with legal action “and the owner doesn’t like that.” He re-posted the original Carlson item later that day. Williamson said he later learned that a man who identified himself as a lawyer for Carlson had been in the store and asked Potomac Video employees questions about him.
Carlson told us that he was concerned for the safety of his family, but did not threaten legal action against the company or push to have Williamson, who still has his office-manager day job, fired.