Apparently,Â Kurt Eichenwald -- who may or may not have a contract with VanityÂ Fair and MSNBC -- sent a series of emails to Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro regarding Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv.
What did the emails say?
Eichenwald emailed Shapiro Tuesday claiming he was doing a piece on Shapiro's and Kashuv'sÂ professional relationship, however, the emailÂ comes across extremely condescending toward Kyle -- and the right in general.
The emails sent by Eichenwald to Shapiro called into question Kyle's mental health, accused Kyle of usingÂ right-wing trolls and Ben Shapiro to agitate Eichenwald online,Â and of being "obsessed" with Shapiro to an unhealthy extent. ShapiroÂ didn't take kindly to the emails and posted them online.
Here's the email:
â��I consulted a friend of mine who is a psychiatristÂ â�� a political conservative, since that seems so important to you â�� and based on what he read, the psychiatrist said the following,â�� claimed Eichenwald. â��Kyle is in desperate need of psychiatric help or support."
He later refers to Kashuv as a "psychologically troubled kidâ�� and asks Shapiro not to show the emails to Kyle. Eichenwald then accuses Shapiro's followers of sending him strobe GIFs to trigger an epileptic seizure.
I just received this from @kurteichenwald. There are no words for how wild this email is. @VanityFair is apparently… https://t.co/Jy9XLJuxmU— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro)1522776430.0
The disturbing part of the emails is where Eichenwald admits to callingÂ his psychiatrist friend to evaluateÂ and diagnose Kyle with a mental illness without ever having met him.
@bennyjohnson @kurteichenwald @VanityFair Benny, I am utterly horrified at this. Not by what Kurt said, but by the… https://t.co/45iZMgXM1l— Kyle Kashuv (@Kyle Kashuv)1522777787.0
Conservatives call for a boycott
After Shapiro published the emails on Twitter, conservatives started calling for a boycott against Vanity Fair and MSNBC advertisers. Even Brian Stelter chimed in suggesting Eichenwald take a Twitter hiatus.
@secupp @benshapiro I'm thinking Kurt should take a break from Twitter...— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter)1522778204.0
According to another Tweet by Stelter, Eichenwald claimed he is a contributingÂ editor at Vanity Fair in private Twitter messages. Whether he is or isn't an editor remains a mystery even though a spokesperson has deniedÂ he's a contributingÂ editor.
Statement from a Vanity Fair spox: "Kurt Eichenwald is not a contributing editor at Vanity Fair."— Max Tani (@Max Tani)1522781024.0
Watch Pat's reaction to this bizarre story above.Â